## Description

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.

## Table of Contents

**I. SPACE AND TIME IN NEWTONIAN PHYSICS AND SPECIAL RELATIVITY.**

**1. Gravitational Physics.**

**2. Geometry as Physics.**

**3. Newtonian Physics.**

**4. Principles of Special Relativity.**

**5. Special Relativistic Mechanics.**

**II. THE CURVED SPACETIMES OF GENERAL RELATIVITY.**

**6. Gravity as Geometry.**

**7. Description of Curved Spacetime.**

**8. Geodesics.**

**9. The Geometry Outside a Spherical Star.**

**10. Solar System Tests.**

**11. Relativistic Gravity in Action.**

**12. Black Holes.**

**13. Astrophysical Black Holes.**

**14. A Little Rotation.**

**15. Rotating Black Holes.**

**16. Gravitational Waves.**

**17. The Universe Observed.**

**18. Cosmological Models.**

**19. Which Universe and Why?**

**III. THE EINSTEIN EQUATION.**

**20. A Little More Math.**

**21. Curvature and the Einstein Equation.**

**22. The Source of Curvature.**

**23. Gravitational Wave Emission.**

**24. Relativistic Stars.**

**APPENDICES.**

**A. Useful Constants.**

**B. Units.**

**C. Curvature Quantities.**

**D. Curvature Program.**

**E. Pedagogical Strategy.**

**Bibliography.**

**Symbols and Abbreviations.**

**Index.**

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