Principles of Cosmology and Gravitation

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CRC Press, Jan 1, 1989 - Science - 179 pages
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General relativity and quantum mechanics have become the two central pillars of theoretical physics. Moreover, general relativity has important applications in astrophysics and high-energy particle physics. Covering the fundamentals of the subject, Principles of Cosmology and Gravitation describes the universe as revealed by observations and presents a theoretical framework to enable important cosmological formulae to be derived and numerical calculations performed. Avoiding elaborate formal discussions, the book presents a practical approach that focuses on the general theory of relativity. It examines different evolutionary models and the gravitational effects of massive bodies. The book also includes a large number of worked examples and problems, half with solutions.
 

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Contents

Cosmography
3
Physical basis of general relativity
23
Curved spacetime and the physical mathematics of general
47
General relativity near massive objects
74
Cosmic kinematics
103
Cosmic dynamics
119
In the beginning
140
Labelling astronomical objects
159
Useful numbers
175
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