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Problem Book in Relativity and Gravitation

Problem Book in Relativity and Gravitation Lowest new price: $38.98
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Author: Alan P. Lightman

An essential resource for learning about general relativity and much more, from four leading experts

Important and useful to every student of relativity, this book is a unique collection of some 475 problems--with solutions--in the fields of special and general relativity, gravitation, relativistic astrophysics, and cosmology. The problems are expressed in broad physical terms to enhance their pertinence to readers with diverse backgrounds.

In their solutions, the authors have attempted to convey a mode of approach to these kinds of problems, revealing procedures that can reduce the labor of calculations while avoiding the pitfall of too much or too powerful formalism. Although well suited for individual use, the volume may also be used with one of the modem textbooks in general relativity.

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Relativity: A Very Short Introduction

Relativity: A Very Short Introduction Lowest new price: $4.92
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Author: Russell Stannard
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If you move at high speed, time slows down, space squashes up and you get heavier. Travel fast enough and you could weigh as much as a jumbo jet, be flattened thinner than a CD without feeling a thing-and live forever! As for the angles of a triangle, they do not always have to add up to 180 degrees. And then, of course, there are black holes. These are but a few of the extraordinary consequences of Einstein's theory of relativity. It is now over a hundred years since he made these discoveries, and yet the general public is still largely unaware of them. Filled with illuminating anecdotes and fascinating accounts of experiments, this book aims to introduce the interested lay person to the subject of relativity in a way which is accessible and engaging and at the same time scientifically rigorous. With relatively few mathematical equations--nothing more complicated than the Pythagoras's Theorem--this VSI packs a lot time into very little space, and for anyone who has felt intimidated by Einstein's groundbreaking theory, it offers the perfect place to start.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.


  • Relativity A Very Short Introduction

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Spacetime Physics

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Author: Edwin F. Taylor
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Written by two of the field's true pioneers, Spacetime Physics can extend and enhance coverage of specialty relativity in the classroom. This thoroughly up-to-date, highly accessible overview covers microgravity, collider accelerators, satellite probes, neutron detectors, radioastronomy, and pulsars.  The chapter on general relativity with new material on gravity waves, black holes, and cosmology.


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Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity

Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity Lowest new price: $94.00
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Author: James B. Hartle
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The aim of this groundbreaking new book is to bring general relativity into the undergraduate curriculum and make this fundamental theory accessible to all physics majors. Using a "physics first" approach to the subject, renowned relativist James B. Hartle provides a fluent and accessible introduction that uses a minimum of new mathematics and is illustrated with a wealth of exciting applications. The emphasis is on the exciting phenomena of gravitational physics and the growing connection between theory and observation. The Global Positioning System, black holes, X-ray sources, pulsars, quasars, gravitational waves, the Big Bang, and the large scale structure of the universe are used to illustrate the widespread role of how general relativity describes a wealth of everyday and exotic phenomena.


  • Gravity An Introduction to Einstein s General Relativity

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Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell

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Author: A. Zee
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This unique textbook provides an accessible introduction to Einstein's general theory of relativity, a subject of breathtaking beauty and supreme importance in physics. With his trademark blend of wit and incisiveness, A. Zee guides readers from the fundamentals of Newtonian mechanics to the most exciting frontiers of research today, including de Sitter and anti-de Sitter spacetimes, Kaluza-Klein theory, and brane worlds. Unlike other books on Einstein gravity, this book emphasizes the action principle and group theory as guides in constructing physical theories. Zee treats various topics in a spiral style that is easy on beginners, and includes anecdotes from the history of physics that will appeal to students and experts alike. He takes a friendly approach to the required mathematics, yet does not shy away from more advanced mathematical topics such as differential forms. The extensive discussion of black holes includes rotating and extremal black holes and Hawking radiation. The ideal textbook for undergraduate and graduate students, Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell also provides an essential resource for professional physicists and is accessible to anyone familiar with classical mechanics and electromagnetism. It features numerous exercises as well as detailed appendices covering a multitude of topics not readily found elsewhere.

  • Provides an accessible introduction to Einstein's general theory of relativity

  • Guides readers from Newtonian mechanics to the frontiers of modern research

  • Emphasizes symmetry and the Einstein-Hilbert action

  • Covers topics not found in standard textbooks on Einstein gravity

  • Includes interesting historical asides

  • Features numerous exercises and detailed appendices

  • Ideal for students, physicists, and scientifically minded lay readers

  • Solutions manual (available only to teachers)


  • Princeton University Press

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The Standard Model in a Nutshell

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Author: Dave Goldberg
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A concise and authoritative introduction to one of the central theories of modern physics

For a theory as genuinely elegant as the Standard Model―the current framework describing elementary particles and their forces―it can sometimes appear to students to be little more than a complicated collection of particles and ranked list of interactions. The Standard Model in a Nutshell provides a comprehensive and uncommonly accessible introduction to one of the most important subjects in modern physics, revealing why, despite initial appearances, the entire framework really is as elegant as physicists say.

Dave Goldberg uses a "just-in-time" approach to instruction that enables students to gradually develop a deep understanding of the Standard Model even if this is their first exposure to it. He covers everything from relativity, group theory, and relativistic quantum mechanics to the Higgs boson, unification schemes, and physics beyond the Standard Model. The book also looks at new avenues of research that could answer still-unresolved questions and features numerous worked examples, helpful illustrations, and more than 120 exercises.

  • Provides an essential introduction to the Standard Model for graduate students and advanced undergraduates across the physical sciences
  • Requires no more than an undergraduate-level exposure to quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, and electromagnetism
  • Uses a "just-in-time" approach to topics such as group theory, relativity, classical fields, Feynman diagrams, and quantum field theory
  • Couched in a conversational tone to make reading and learning easier
  • Ideal for a one-semester course or independent study
  • Includes a wealth of examples, illustrations, and exercises
  • Solutions manual (available only to professors)


  • The Standard Model in a Nutshell

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Three Roads to Quantum Gravity

Three Roads to Quantum Gravity Lowest new price: $7.80
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Author: Lee Smolin

"It would be hard to imagine a better guide to this difficult subject."

--Scientific American

In Three Roads to Quantum Gravity, Lee Smolin provides an accessible overview of the attempts to build a final "theory of everything." He explains in simple terms what scientists are talking about when they say the world is made from exotic entities such as loops, strings, and black holes and tells the fascinating stories behind these discoveries: the rivalries, epiphanies, and intrigues he witnessed firsthand.

"Provocative, original, and unsettling." --New York Review of Books

"An excellent writer, a creative thinker."--Nature

It's difficult, writes Lee Smolin in this lucid overview of modern physics, to talk meaningfully about the big questions of space and time, given the limitations of our technology and perceptions.

It's more difficult still given some of the contradictions and inconsistencies that obtain between quantum theory, which "was invented to explain why atoms are stable and do not instantly fall apart" but has little to say about space and time, and general relatively theory, which has everything to say about the big picture but tends to collapse when describing the behavior of atoms and their even smaller constituents. Whence the hero of Smolin's tale, the as-yet-incomplete quantum theory of gravity, which seeks to unify relativity and quantum theory--and, in the bargain, to move toward a "grand theory of everything." Smolin ably explains concepts that underlie quantum gravity, such as background independence, the superposition principle, and the notion of causal structure, and he traces the development of allied theories that have shaped modern physics and led to this new view of the universe.

Although he allows that "it has not been possible to test any of our new theories of quantum gravity experimentally," Smolin predicts that a solid framework will be established by 2015 at the outside. If he's correct, the years in between promise to be an exciting time for students of the physical sciences, and Smolin's book makes an engaging introduction to some of the big questions they'll be asking. --Gregory McNamee

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Pondering Relativity: An Illustrated Guide for Building an Understanding of Einstein’s Relativity

Pondering Relativity: An Illustrated Guide for Building an Understanding of Einstein’s Relativity Lowest new price: $16.27
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Author: Douglas Funke

The concepts of relativity are easier to understand than conventional thinking would have us believe. This book proves the point. It uses simple coordinated graphics sequenced throughout the book to build understanding in a gradual stepwise fashion. The self-reinforcing graphics help readers visualize the principles of relativity, building from simple observations to Einstein’s elegant and revolutionary conclusions. The book, authored by an experienced human factors engineer, applies human learning principles to make an otherwise difficult subject matter understandable and enjoyable. Mental exercises are offered as tools for experiencing, internalizing, and remembering the relativity principles presented. After both Special and General Theories of Relativity are explained, implications for how the Universe works are explored and discussed. Some of the questions addressed in the book include: How are space and time related? Can relativity’s effect on time change the order in which events occur? What does E=mc2 have to do with relativity? Isn’t there anything that can go faster than light? How does relativity affect how fast we grow old? What does relativity say about what we can and cannot know? Does space really compress at speeds approaching the speed of light? What does relativity say about how the Universe works? How can relativity and science inform our religious beliefs? Readers of this book will gain a new and deeper appreciation of relativity and what it says about how the Universe is made and works. Read this book and experience the excitement of relativity.

Physical Chemistry (3rd Edition)

Physical Chemistry (3rd Edition) Lowest new price: $203.87
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Author: Thomas Engel
Brand: Brand: Prentice Hall

Engel and Reid’s Physical Chemistry provides students with a contemporary and accurate overview of physical chemistry while focusing on basic principles that unite the sub-disciplines of the field. The Third Edition continues to emphasize fundamental concepts, while presenting cutting-edge research developments to emphasize the vibrancy of physical chemistry today. 


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General Relativity: An Introduction for Physicists

General Relativity: An Introduction for Physicists Lowest new price: $69.92
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Author: M. P. Hobson

After reviewing the basic concept of general relativity, this introduction discusses its mathematical background, including the necessary tools of tensor calculus and differential geometry. These tools are used to develop the topic of special relativity and to discuss electromagnetism in Minkowski spacetime. Gravitation as spacetime curvature is introduced and the field equations of general relativity derived. After applying the theory to a wide range of physical situations, the book concludes with a brief discussion of classical field theory and the derivation of general relativity from a variational principle.

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