Clarity, readability, and rigor combine in the third edition of this widely used textbook to provide the first step into general relativity for advanced undergraduates with a minimal background in mathematics. Topics within relativity that fascinate astrophysics researchers and students alike are covered with Schutz' s characteristic ease and authority, from black holes to relativistic objects, from pulsars to the study of the Universe as a whole. This third edition contains discoveries by astronomers that require general relativity for their explanation; two chapters on gravitational waves, including direct detections of gravitational waves and their observations' impact on cosmological measurements; new information on black holes and neutron stars; and greater insight into the expansion of the Universe. Over 300 exercises, many new to this edition, give students the confidence to work with general relativity and the necessary mathematics, while the informal writing style and worked examples make the subject matter easily accessible.
Praise for the second edition: ' Bernard Schutz' s textbook A First Course in General Relativity quickly became a classic, notable for its use of the geometrical approach to the subject, combined with a refreshing succinctness. Since its first publication in 1985, the field of general relativity has exploded . . . Schutz has done a masterful job of incorporating these new developments into a revised edition, which is sure to become a new ' classic' . ' Clifford M. Will, McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis Praise for the second edition: ' This new edition retains all of the original' s clarity and insight into the mathematical foundations of general relativity, but thoroughly updates the accounts of the application of the theory in astrophysics and cosmology. The result is an indispensable volume and this new edition will no doubt become a classic text in its own right. ' Mike Hobson, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge Praise for the second edition: ' Schutz has updated his eminently readable and eminently teachable A First Course in General Relativity. This text will be appreciated by any upper-level undergraduate with an interest in cosmology, astrophysics, or experimentation in gravitational physics. ' Richard Matzner, The Center for Relativity, University of Texas at Austin Praise for the second edition: ' . . . marvellous . . . very clear . . . I cannot recommend this book highly enough to any physicist who wants a good introduction to general relativity. ' David Burton, The Observatory Praise for the first edition: ' Schutz has such mastery of the material that it soon becomes clear that one is in authoritative hands, and topics are selected and developed only to a point where they prove adequate for future needs. ' The Times Higher Education Supplement Praise for the first edition: ' . . . ought to inspire more physicists and astronomers to teach and learn the other half of the twentieth century' s revolution in physics. ' Foundations of Physics Praise for the first edition: ' The book is a goldmine of cleverly constructed problems and exercises (and solutions!). ' Nature Praise for the first edition: ' . . . provides the first step into general relativity for undergraduate students with a minimal background in mathematics. ' Zentralblatt MATH
Bernard F. Schutz is a professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University, Wales, and Director (ret. ) at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), Germany. In 2021, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society, the UK' s national science academy, in recognition of his seminal contributions to relativistic astrophysics.
|Published: ||30 Jun 2022|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom|
|Imprint: ||Cambridge University Press|
|Publisher: ||Cambridge University Press|
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