- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Clarendon Press; 1 edition (June 18, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0198596863
- ISBN-13: 978-0198596868
- Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 1 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 Supplement
'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 physical 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.'
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Ray d'Inverno is at University of Southampton.
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When I was little the myth circles around that "only six people in the world understood relativity", which if we think of the many cosmologists and theoretical physicists around the world, it is silly, yet it does inform us that it is not a subject to be taken too lightly.
In my university student years I had the pleasure of having D'Inverno's book (I think it was the 1998 reprint) as a textbook.
D'Inverno introduces the reader to GR in a very systematic, ordered manner.
The core of GR, lime all physical theories and physics in general, is grounded in its mathematics, especially tensor calculus and geometry in curved space (or rather: space-time). D'Inverno does a very good job explaining the mathematics and leading the reader through what can be though material to grasp.
The book is divided in 6 sections (from A to F)
The first three sections deal with the basic theory. In section A he explains the starting point of Relativity, which is Special Relativity, i.e. relativity in an inertial frame and absence of gravity. SR introduces many concepts that are vital to the understanding of GR and the author does a splendid job.
Section B deal with the formalism of Tensors, tensor algebra and calculus. Here the author is quite rigorous and takes hit time explaining the mathematical framework that is necessary for the later parts of the book. Some might find it too rigorous, but I think that the patience of the reader will pay off later on.
The third section deals finally with GR theory itself, introducing it's principles, the field equations, Schwartzschild's solution and deals also briefly with the various experiments that have tested Eintein's theory.
Finally the last three sections deal with more advanced topics: Black Holes, Gravity Waves and Cosmology.
It's a lot of material and D'Inverno does not go as in-dept as in the previous sections. Still he introduces these subjects very well for the novices of GR, who can always pick up more into-depth textbooks later on (I recommend for example Steven Weinberg's "Gravitation adn Cosmology").
In conclusion, the book achieves what he sets up to do: providing a solid introduction to General Relativity, especially for undergrad college students.
After introducing GR he does stuff on black holes, worm holes, gravitational waves and cosmology.
The only problems with the book are that in the first section of the book he does an introduction to special relativity for those who have never seen it before. It is a very bad intro to special relativity. For the best intro to special rel. one needs to consult "University Physics" by "Young and Fredman".
But for those who have already done SR, d'invernos intro to SR is new and interesting as a method if a bit too difficult and mathematical.
Also I would be a bit critical of the fact that after explaining the geometrical structure of GR perfectly he does not even mention how this view of gravity as a force is not exactly "combinable" with the particle physics view of gravity as a force communicated by a graviton. Just a small thought which I think is important. (Weinberg introduces GR by another method which does not use the mathematical geometrical structure throughout as he considers it "overemphasized" and a bit "misleading")
Wienbergs "General relativity and cosmology" should be the readers next port of call after D'inverno
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