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Essential Relativity: Special, General, And Cosmological Wolfgang Rindler

Essential Relativity: Special, General, And Cosmological

Wolfgang Rindler

Published June 14th 1977
ISBN : 9783540079705
Hardcover
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 About the Book 

In retrospect, the first edition of this book now seems like a mere sketch for a book. The present version is, if not the final product, at least a closer approximation to it. The table of contents may show little change. But that is simply becauseMoreIn retrospect, the first edition of this book now seems like a mere sketch for a book. The present version is, if not the final product, at least a closer approximation to it. The table of contents may show little change. But that is simply because the original organization of the material has been found satisfactory. Also the basic purpose of the book remains the same, and that is to make relativity come alive conceptually. I have always felt much sym pathy with Richard Courants maxim (as reported and exemplified by Pascual Jordan) that, ideally, proofs should be reached by comprehension rather than computation. Where computations are necessary, I have tried to make them as transparent as possible, so as not to hinder the progress of comprehension. Among the more obvious changes, this edition contains a new section on Kruskal space, another on the plane gravitational wave, and a third on linearized general relativity- it also contains many new exercises, and two appendices: one listing the curvature components for the diagonal metric (in a little more generality than the old Dingle formulas ), and one syn thesizing Maxwells theory in tensor form. But the most significant changes and additions have occurred throughout the text. Many sections have been completely rewritten, many arguments tightened, many asides added, and, of course, recent developments taken into account.