Gravitation in Astrophysics

Cargèse 1986

  • B. Carter
  • J. B. Hartle

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 156)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Gravitation in Localized Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Bernard F. Schutz
      Pages 123-153
    3. D. Lynden-Bell
      Pages 155-193
    4. M. Kuperus
      Pages 195-208
    5. Special Topics I

      1. J. P. Luminet
        Pages 215-228
  3. Gravitation in Cosmology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. John D. Barrow
      Pages 239-291
    3. Edward W. Kolb
      Pages 307-327
    4. James B. Hartle
      Pages 329-360
    5. Special Topics II

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 397-399

About this book


With the discovery of pulsars, quasars, and galactic X-ray sources in the late 60's and early 70's, and the coincident expansion in the search for gravitational waves, rela­ tivistic gravity assumed an important place in the astrophysics of localized objects. Only by pushing Einstein's solar-system-tested general theory of relativity to the study of the extremes of gravitational collapse and its outcomes did it seem that one could explain these frontier astronomical phenomena. This conclusion continues to be true today. Relativistic gravity had always played the central role in cosmology. The discov­ ery of the cosmic background radiation in 1965, the increasing understanding of matter physics at high energies in the decades following, and the growing wealth of observations on the large scale structure meant that it was possible to make increasingly detailed mod­ els of the universe, both today and far in the past. This development, not accidentally, was contemporary to that for localized objects described above.


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Editors and affiliations

  • B. Carter
    • 1
  • J. B. Hartle
    • 2
  1. 1.CNRS-Observatoire de ParisParisFrance
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-9056-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-1897-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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