General Relativity

With Applications to Astrophysics

  • Norbert Straumann

Part of the Texts and Monographs in Physics book series (TMP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. The General Theory of Relativity

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  3. Applications of General Relativity

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  4. Differential Geometry

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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 621-676

About this book


This text provides a comprehensive and timely introduction to general relativity. The foundations of the theory in Part I are thoroughly developed together with the required mathematical background from differential geometry in Part III. The six chapters in Part II are devoted to tests of general relativity and to many of its applications. Binary pulsars are studied in considerable detail. Much space is devoted to the study of compact objects, especially to black holes. This includes a detailed derivation of the Kerr solution, Israel's proof of his uniqueness theorem, and derivations of the basic laws of black hole physics. The final chapter of this part contains Witten's proof of the positive energy theorem.

The book addresses undergraduate and graduate students in physics, astrophysics and mathematics. It is very well structured and should become a standard text for a modern treatment of gravitational physics. The clear presentation of differential geometry makes it also useful for string theory and other fields of physics, classical as well as quantum.


EFE Gravity RMS Relativity SR astrophysics general relativity

Authors and affiliations

  • Norbert Straumann
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  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität ZurichZurichSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-06013-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-11827-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1864-5879
  • Series Online ISSN 1864-5887
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