General Relativity; an Einstein Centenary Survey

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CUP Archive, Aug 16, 1979 - Science - 919 pages
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Contents

An introductory survey
1
The confrontation between gravitation theory
24
Gravitationalradiation experiments
90
The initial value problem and the dynamical formulation
138
Global structure of spacetimes
212
The general theory of the mechanical electromagnetic
294
Black hole astrophysics
454
The big bang cosmology enigmas and nostrums
504
Anisotropic and inhomogeneous relativistic cosmologies
533
Singularities and timeasymmetry
581
Quantum field theory in curved spacetime
639
the new synthesis
680
The pathintegral approach to quantum gravity
746
Ultraviolet divergences in quantum theories of gravitation
790
References
833
Index
903

Cosmology and the early universe
518

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About the author (1979)

Stephen William Hawking was born in Oxford, England on January 8, 1942. He received a first class honors degree in natural science from Oxford University and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. He was a theoretical physicist and has held the post of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University from 1982 until his death. In 1974, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, the world's oldest scientific organization. In 1963, he learned he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neuromuscular wasting disease also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The disease confined him to a wheelchair and reduced his bodily control to the flexing of a finger and voluntary eye movements, but left his mental faculties untouched. He became a leader in exploring gravity and the properties of black holes. He wrote numerous books including A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes, Black Holes and Baby Universes, On the Shoulders of Giants, A Briefer History of Time, The Universe in a Nutshell, and The Grand Design. In 1982, he was named a commander of the British Empire. A film about his life, The Theory of Everything, was released in 2014 and was based on his first wife Jane Hawking's book Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen. He died on March 14, 2018 at the age of 76.

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