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Problem Book in Relativity and Gravitation

Alan P. Lightman, William H. Press, Richard H. Price


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An essential resource for learning about general relativity and much more, from four leading experts

Important and useful to every student of relativity, this book is a unique collection of some 475 problems--with solutions--in the fields of special and general relativity, gravitation, relativistic astrophysics, and cosmology. The problems are expressed in broad physical terms to enhance their pertinence to readers with diverse backgrounds.

In their solutions, the authors have attempted to convey a mode of approach to these kinds of problems, revealing procedures that can reduce the labor of calculations while avoiding the pitfall of too much or too powerful formalism. Although well suited for individual use, the volume may also be used with one of the modem textbooks in general relativity.

Princeton University Press, 9780691177786, 616pp.

Publication Date: September 26, 2017

About the Author

Alan P. Lightman is professor of the practice of the humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His books include Screening Room and Einstein's Dreams. William H. Press is the Warren J. and Viola M. Raymer Professor in Computer Science and in Integrative Biology at the University of Texas, Austin. Richard H. Price is senior lecturer in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the coeditor of Black Holes. Saul A. Teukolsky is the Hans A. Bethe Professor of Physics and Astrophysics at Cornell University and the coauthor of Black Holes, White Dwarfs and Neutron Stars. Press and Teukolsky are coauthors in the Numerical Recipes book series.