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A Relativist's Toolkit ,The Mathematics of Black-Hole Mechanics

 
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Author: Eric Poisson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 2/15/2008
Pages 252 pages
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This textbook fills a gap in the literature on general relativity by providing the advanced student with practical tools for the computation of many physically interesting quantities. The context is provided by the mathematical theory of black holes, one of the most elegant, successful, and relevant applications of general relativity. Among the topics discussed are congruences of timelike and null geodesics, the embedding of spacelike, timelike and null hypersurfaces in spacetime, and the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of general relativity. Although the book is self-contained, it is not meant to serve as an introduction to general relativity. Instead, it is meant to help the reader acquire advanced skills and become a competent researcher in relativity and gravitational physics. The primary readership consists of graduate students in gravitational physics. It will also be a useful reference for more seasoned researchers working in this field.

• Short, concise and to the point • Focuses on practical methods of computation in general relativity • Provides advanced skills for those beginning research in this field

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