A College Course on Relativity and Cosmology by Ta-Pei Cheng

By Ta-Pei Cheng

This complex undergraduate textual content introduces Einstein's basic conception of relativity. the subjects coated contain geometric formula of detailed relativity, the main of equivalence, Einstein's box equation and its spherical-symmetric answer, in addition to cosmology. An emphasis is put on actual examples and straightforward functions with out the complete tensor equipment. It starts by way of studying the physics of the equivalence precept and appears at the way it inspired
Einstein's proposal of curved spacetime because the gravitational box. At a extra mathematically obtainable point, it presents a metric description of a warped area, permitting the reader to check many attention-grabbing phenomena equivalent to gravitational time dilation, GPS operation, mild deflection, precession of
Mercury's perihelion, and black holes. quite a few glossy subject matters in cosmology are mentioned from primordial inflation and cosmic microwave history to the darkish strength that propels an accelerating universe.

Building on Cheng's prior ebook, 'Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology: A uncomplicated Introduction', this article has been adapted to the complicated scholar. It concentrates at the center components of the topic making it appropriate for a one-semester direction on the undergraduate point. it might additionally function an obtainable creation of normal relativity and cosmology for these readers who are looking to learn the topic all alone. the correct tensor formula of Einstein's box equation is gifted in
an appendix bankruptcy for these wishing to glimpse additional on the mathematical details.

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