Springer Handbook of Spacetime

  • Abhay Ashtekar
  • Vesselin Petkov

Part of the Springer Handbooks book series (SHB)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXV
  2. Introduction to Spacetime Structure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rafael Ferraro
      Pages 3-25
    3. Scott Walter
      Pages 27-38
    4. Nick M. J. Woodhouse
      Pages 39-60
    5. Dennis Dieks
      Pages 91-113
  3. Foundational Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Stephen N. Lyle
      Pages 117-139
    3. Vesselin Petkov
      Pages 141-163
    4. José G. Pereira
      Pages 197-212
    5. Thanu Padmanabhan
      Pages 213-242
    6. George F.R. Ellis, Rituparno Goswami
      Pages 243-264
  4. Spacetime Structure and Mathematics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-279
    2. Robert Geroch
      Pages 281-301
    3. Donald Marolf, William Kelly, Sebastian Fischetti
      Pages 381-407
    4. Pankaj S. Joshi
      Pages 409-436
    5. Beverly K. Berger
      Pages 437-460
  5. Confronting Relativity Theories with Observations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 461-461
    2. Orfeu Bertolami, Jorge Páramos
      Pages 463-483
    3. Neil Ashby
      Pages 509-525
    4. Badri Krishnan
      Pages 527-555
    5. B. Suryanarayana Sathyaprakash
      Pages 557-587
    6. Chris Van Den Broeck
      Pages 589-613
  6. General Relativity and the Universe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 615-615
    2. Øyvind Grøn, Diako Darian
      Pages 629-655
    3. Sergio del Campo
      Pages 673-696
    4. Tarun Souradeep
      Pages 697-706
  7. Spacetime Beyond Einstein

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 707-707
    2. Claus Kiefer
      Pages 709-722
    3. Jan Ambjørn, Andrzej Görlich, Jerzy Jurkiewicz, Renate Loll
      Pages 723-741
    4. Maurizio Gasperini
      Pages 743-750
    5. Carlo Rovelli
      Pages 751-757
    6. Hanno Sahlmann
      Pages 759-782
    7. Jonathan S. Engle
      Pages 783-807
    8. Ivan Agullo, Alejandro Corichi
      Pages 809-839
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 841-887

About this book


The Springer Handbook of Spacetime is dedicated to the ground-breaking paradigm shifts embodied in the two relativity theories, and describes in detail the profound reshaping of physical sciences they ushered in. It includes in a single volume chapters on foundations, on the underlying mathematics, on physical and astrophysical implications, experimental evidence and cosmological predictions, as well as chapters on efforts to unify general relativity and quantum physics. The Handbook can be used as a desk reference by researchers in a wide variety of fields, not only by specialists in relativity but also by researchers in related areas that either grew out of, or are deeply influenced by, the two relativity theories: cosmology, astronomy and astrophysics, high energy physics, quantum field theory, mathematics, and philosophy of science. It should also serve as a valuable resource for graduate students and young researchers entering these areas, and for instructors who teach courses on these subjects.

The Handbook is divided into six parts. Part A: Introduction to Spacetime Structure. Part B: Foundational Issues. Part C: Spacetime Structure and Mathematics. Part D: Confronting Relativity theories with observations. Part E: General relativity and the universe. Part F: Spacetime beyond Einstein.

Key Topics
› Historical origins of the spacetime notion
› Basic ideas of special and general relativity
› Nature of time and gravity
› Mathematical structures
› Physical and astrophysical implications
› Observational status of the two relativity theories,
› Various approaches to unify general relativity and quantum physics.

› Concise, clear and coherent presentation
› Research and application-oriented
› Includes recent developments
› Exhaustive references to approved data
› All chapters with summaries
› A resource for graduate students, researchers and teachers in the field


Gravitation and Spacetime Loop Quantum Gravity Minkowski Spacetime Quantized Spacetime Quantum Cosmology Quantum Theories of Gravity Solutions of Einsteins Equations Spacetime Curvature Spacetime Symmetries Spacetime Topologies Spacetime and Cosmology Theories of Spacetime

Editors and affiliations

  • Abhay Ashtekar
    • 1
  • Vesselin Petkov
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Foundational Studies Hermann MinkowskiMontrealCanada

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