- Hardcover: 394 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0198596537
- ISBN-13: 978-0198596530
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.2 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
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Introducing Einstein's Relativity Hardcover – 1992
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`Ray d'Inverno's Introducing Einstein's Relativity seems to have done a wonderful job of taming what many undergraduates consider a ferocious course. The book has a large, reader-friendly format, with a lot of illustrations. Important equations are highlighted in boxes and the reader does not
have to wade through an undifferentiated mass of tensor calculus.' New Scientist
"The visually stunning dust jacket cloaks exceptionally well-presented text and figures, making reading irresistible. This is a fine book which I have added to the recommended bibliography for my courses; colleagues at other universities are advised not to overlook it." Times Higher Education
'This book is designed to explain the theory in terms which many students will find easier to digest.'
Aslib Book Guide, Vol. 58, No. 1, January 1993
'a highly accessible undergraduate text book packaged in a reader-friendly style ... a comprehensive and accessible book'
Felicity Mellor, The Observatory, Vol. 113, No. 1114
'a very readable and well illustrated treatment of general relativity, gravitational waves, black holes and cosmology'
Australian and New Zealand Physicist, Volume 30, Number 3, March 1993
'The great experience of teaching Relativity is reflected by an excellent presentation of the material in the book ... It is a highly recommended introduction to the mathematical foundations as well as pjhysical ideas underlying Einstein's Relativity. The text is concise and clear but
nevertheless of a high level. The author has succeeded in writing a beautiful self-contained text ... very useful for students and graduates who want to become familiar with Einstein's theory of Relativity ... it can be unreservedly recommended as a good tool for preparing examinations in
relativity. In all respects it is a pleasure to read this distinguished textbook.'
D. Kramer, Class. Quantum Grav. 11 (1994)
'an intuitive and motivating presentation with mathematical precision where the latter is needed ... Extremely helpful are more than 200 figures, illustrating subjects which in many cases are difficult to imagine ... this book is one of the best pedagogical approaches to introduce general
relativity and to present a connection to more advanced topics in this field. Hence it is highly recommendable for every student or teacher interested in this subject.'
Bernd Wegner, Mathematics Abstracts, 774/93
About the Author
Ray d'Inverno is at University of Southampton.
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There are some terrible derivations of the Lorentz equations in the SR intro. I am not a fan of “ict”.
Good insights sprinkled throughout, but occasionally some gaps in logic and inconsistency in the level of rigor.
I finally found it too annoying to read and sold it.
Exercises are straightforward, hints are provided and full solutions to many are offered (pages 360-369).
D'Inverno organizes the book thus:
Part A: Special Relativity (k-calculus first encounter, Einstein's approach second encounter, finally, Lagrangians pages 96 and 116).
That is a positive attribute of this textbook, the spiral approach. You get material at multiple encounters, progressively more advanced.
Part B: Tensors ( Here, each and every exercises should be completed. Exercises are straightforward. The text section to which that exercise refers is placed alongside as a hint to its solution.) Excellent pedagogy !
Part C: General Relativity ( A thoughtful six-part summary appears on page 142, this encapsulates Chapters nine and ten).
The highlight: Chapter Eleven--General Relativity From Variational Principle. A nice complement to Dirac's terse 1975 lecture-book.
Another highlight: Chapter Thirteen, the structure of the Einstein Equations. Excellent pedagogy !
Part D: Black Holes (A superb discussion of various different coordinate systems. Reissner-Nordstrom solution presented analogous to Kerr solution whose "solution structure is in many ways similar." (page 239). Excellent pedagogy !
A highlight: Chapter Nineteen, Rotating Black Holes (Tetrads introduced, Null Congruences introduced).
Part E: Gravitational Waves, we learn "two colliding, impulsive gravitational waves give rise to a singularity." (page 284).
The initial fifteen page discussion of gravitational radiation is easy-to-digest and discussed at an elementary vantage.
Following which, another excellent fifteen-page discussion, at a more advanced vantage. Again, a spiral approach.
Part F: Cosmology, with a nice discussion of "spaces of constant curvature" (pages 317-321). Again, initial approach, chapter 22,
leading to the more advanced discussion (that is, the various Models elucidated in Chapter 23).
Excellent Exercises with accompanying solutions makes this a fine resource for self-study. I reiterate: Excellent for self-study.
As precursor to Hawking and Ellis' advanced monograph, The Large Scale Structure Of Space-Time,
D'Inverno has thus achieved his stated goal.