From Newton to Einstein

  • Pierre Fleury

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Physics book series (SpringerBriefs in Physics)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 119-120

About this book


This primer proposes a journey from Newton's dynamics to Einstein's relativity. It constitutes a pedagogical, rigorous, and self-contained introduction to the concepts and mathematical formulation of gravitational physics.
In particular, much attention is devoted to exploring and applying the basic tools of differential geometry, that is the language of general relativity. Real-world manifestations of relativity, such as time dilation, gravitational waves, and black holes, are also discussed in detail.

This book is designed for third-year bachelor or first-year master students in theoretical physics, who are already familiar with Newton's physics, possibly had an introductory course on special relativity, and who are seeking to learn general relativity on a firm basis.


Reformulation of Newton's physics Gravitation Lagrangian mechanics Special Relativity General Relativity Differential Geometry Space-Time 4-dimensions Gravitational waves Schwarzschild black hole

Authors and affiliations

  • Pierre Fleury
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  1. 1.Department of Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland

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