Overview
 Provides a complete revision and extension of the first edition
 General Relativity and Relativistic Astrophysics’ with a whole new chapter on cosmology
 The book provides a comprehensive and timely introduction to general relativity, with a thorough development of its foundations and a rich body of applications
 Whenever helpful in clarifying conceptual issues or in providing computational tools, the powerful intrinsic calculus on manifolds, developed in an extensive separate part, is made use of
 Although the book addresses mainly physicists, large parts should also be interesting and accessible to mathematicians
 Gives a comprehensive introduction to the foundations of general relativity and some of its major applications in astrophysics and cosmology
 Covers all the required differential geometric tools
 Quotes useful general sources on mathematical, physical, and historical subjects
 Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras
Part of the book series: Graduate Texts in Physics (GTP)
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Table of contents (16 chapters)

The General Theory of Relativity

Applications of General Relativity

Differential Geometry
Reviews
From the reviews of the second edition:
“Straumann’s book joins the roster of a number of currently available introductions to general relativity written for the beginning graduate student … . Straumann’s book offers a thorough, modern introduction to GR with unrivaled mathematical integrity. It is written so clearly that it can be used quite profitably for independent study. I teach a oneyear undergraduate sequence in differential geometry and general relativity … . Straumann’s book will certainly be my choice for primary course text.” (Amazon.com, December, 2012)Authors and Affiliations
About the author
Norbert Straumann (born 6 August 1936 in Niedererlinsbach) is a Swiss physicist. He attended public schools and studied physics and mathematics at the ETH in Zurich, where his instructors included Heinz Hopf, Res Jost, Wolfgang Pauli, Paul Scherrer, Eduard Stiefel, Walter Heitler, Rolf Nevanlinna and Bartel Leendert van der Waerden.
In his diploma thesis in 1959, Professor Straumann dealt with the characterization of generalized free fields in the axiomatic field theory, which he wrote under the direction of Res Jost. In 1961 he completed his doctorate under Walter Heitler with a thesis on hyperon and meson mass differences in a nonlocal field theory. In subsequent years, he was a research associate of Walter Heitler.
From 1964 to 1965 he was a Fellow at CERN in Geneva, serving as an assistant professor at the University of Zurich. From 1967 to 1968 he taught as an associate professor at Duke University in North Carolina. At that time his focus was on the mass differences for bosons and the current algebra, a forerunner of the modern theory of strong interactions.
In 1969 he began forming a theory group for the former Swiss Institute for Nuclear Research (now the Paul Scherrer Institute). In the seventies he changed his focus, growing more interested in the theory of gravitation. In this context, he placed great emphasis on the historical aspects of gravity.
In 1969, Straumann became a professor at the University of Zurich, and the years and decades that followed saw him increasingly involved in major associations. From 19801987 he was a member of the Scientific Council at the Swiss National Science Foundation; from 19851986 he was a visiting professor at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Bern. In 1988 he was a visiting professor in Amsterdam. From 19972000 he worked on an advisory board of the Albert Einstein Institute in Potsdam.
In 2001 he retired, and has since written a number offurther works on the theory of gravitation, primarily addressing the classic fields of theoretical physics (mechanics, electrodynamics, thermodynamics and kinetic theory, statistical mechanics, special relativity, general relativity and astrophysics, cosmology and black holes). His lecture notes, which have partly been published in book form, influenced a whole generation of students and researchers at the University of Zurich.
In recognition of his achievements, in 2005 Norbert Straumann was awarded the title of Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa from the University of Bern.
Bibliographic Information
Book Title: General Relativity
Authors: Norbert Straumann
Series Title: Graduate Texts in Physics
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/9789400754102
Publisher: Springer Dordrecht
eBook Packages: Physics and Astronomy, Physics and Astronomy (R0)
Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
Hardcover ISBN: 9789400754096Published: 09 October 2012
Softcover ISBN: 9789400799547Published: 09 November 2014
eBook ISBN: 9789400754102Published: 08 October 2012
Series ISSN: 18684513
Series EISSN: 18684521
Edition Number: 2
Number of Pages: XX, 736
Topics: Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology, Mathematical Physics, History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics