General Relativity from A to B

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University of Chicago Press, Mar 15, 1981 - Science - 225 pages
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From A to B may not seem a great distance to travel, but, as Robert Geroch demonstrates in his conversational style, our perception of distance is always relative to our position in space. For persons situated outside the speculative realms of physics and mathematics, Geroch's tour from A to B is a thorough introduction to Einstein's theory of general relativity. The early chapters are devoted to the development and modifications the crucial notion of space-time undergoes as it passes through the Aristotelian and Galilean viewpoints. From theories of absolute space and absolute time, Geroch than details modern ideas of a space-time in which neither space nor time is absolute, showing how our everyday conceptions are inappropriate to the physical world in which we live.

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this book provides the basis for the students who are enthusiatic to make ground breaking discovery in future.


Events and SpaceTime The Basic Building Blocks
The Aristotelian View A Personalized Framework
The Galilean View A Democratic Framework
Difficulties with the Galilean View
The Interval The Fundamental Geometrical Object
The Physics and Geometry of the Interval
Einsteins Equation The Final Theory
An Example Black Holes

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Robert Geroch is professor in the departments of physics and mathematics, the Enrico Fermi Institute, and the College at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Mathematical Physics.

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