Gravity from the Ground Up (Broché)

  • Cambridge University Press

  • Paru le : 01/01/2005
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This book invites the reader to understand our Universe, not just marvel at it. From the clock-like motions of the planets to the catastrophic collapse of a star into a black hole, gravity controls the Universe. Gravity is central to modern physics : it helps to answer the deepest questions about the nature of time, the origin of the Universe and the unification of the forces of Nature. Weaving together key experiments and observations through careful physical reasoning, the author builds the reader's insight step-by-step from simple but profound facts about gravity on Earth to the frontiers of research. Topics covered include the nature of stars and galaxies, the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy, black holes, gravitational waves, inflation and the Big Bang. These discussions lead to related subjects in physics, such as the nature of light and heat, quantum phenomena and nuclear physics, and to the questions that the coming theory of quantum gravity will address. Suitable for general readers and for undergraduate courses, the treatment uses only high-school level mathematics, supplemented by optional computer programs, to achieve a remarkably deep understanding of the workings of the laws of gravitational physics from Newton to Einstein.
  • Date de parution : 01/01/2005
  • Editeur : Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN : 0-521-45506-5
  • EAN : 9780521455060
  • Présentation : Broché
  • Nb. de pages : 462 pages
  • Poids : 1.36 Kg
  • Dimensions : 20,5 cm × 26,0 cm × 3,0 cm

Biographie de Bernhard Schütz

Born and educated in the USA, Bernard Schutz has worked on applications of general relativity in astronomy since his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1972. In 1995 he was one of the two founding directors of the Albert Einstein Institute (AEI) of the Max Planck Society, a research institute in Golm, Germany, that is devoted to the study of gravitation in modern physics and astronomy. Prior to this he taught physics and applied mathematics at Cardiff University for over 20 years, where lie still holds a professorship. As a director of the AEI, Professor Schutz supervises a research division that includes one of the world's leading groups performing supercomputer simulations of black hole dynamics and collisions. The division also coordinates the analysis of the data from the GE0600 gravitational wave detector, a project operated by the AEI on behalf of a consortium of German and British physicists. Professor Schutz is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics, and the Royal Astronomical Society. He has written two advanced textbooks that are widely used at the graduate level, Geometrical Methods of Mathematical Physics and A First Course in General Relativity (both published by Cambridge). He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Living Reviews in Relativity, an lnternet-based journal publishing survey articles covering all areas of general relativity. He al also gives numerous lectures on gravitational waves to both professional and popular audiences.

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