100 Years of Relativity: Space-Time Structure: Einstein and Beyond

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Dezember 2005



Thanks to Einstein's relativity theories, our notions of space and time underwent profound revisions about a 100 years ago. The resulting interplay between geometry and physics has dominated all of fundamental physics since then. This volume contains contributions from leading researchers, worldwide, who have thought deeply about the nature and consequences of this interplay. The articles take a long-range view of the subject and distill the most important advances in broad terms, making them easily accessible to non-specialists. The first part is devoted to a summary of how relativity theories were born (J Stachel). The second part discusses the most dramatic ramifications of general relativity, such as black holes (P Chrusciel and R Price), space-time singularities (H Nicolai and A Rendall), gravitational waves (P Laguna and P Saulson), the large scale structure of the cosmos (T Padmanabhan); experimental status of this theory (C Will) as well as its practical application to the GPS


# From Newton to Einstein: # Development of the Concepts of Space, Time and Space-Time from Newton to Einstein (J Stachel) # Einstein's Universe: # Gravitational Billiards, Dualities and Hidden Symmetries (H Nicolai) # The Nature of Spacetime Singularities (A D Rendall) # Black Holes -- An Introduction (P T Chrusciel) # The Physical Basis of Black Hole Astrophysics (R H Price) # Probing Space-Time Through Numerical Simulations (P Laguna) # Understanding Our Universe: Current Status and Open Issues (T Padmanabhan) # Was Einstein Right? Testing Relativity at the Centenary (C M Will) # Receiving Gravitational Waves (P R Saulson) # Relativity in the Global Positioning System (N Ashby) # Beyond Einstein: # Spacetime in Semiclassical Gravity (L H Ford) # Space Time in String Theory (T Banks) # Quantum Geometry and Its Ramifications (A Ashtekar) # Loop Quantum Cosmology (M Bojowald) # Consistent Discrete Space-Time (R Gambini & J Pullin) # Causal Sets and the Deep Structure of Spacetime (F Dowker) # The Twistor Approach to Space-Time Structures (R Penrose)


"This is a well-written book, edited by Abhay Ashtekar to celebrate 100 years of relativity. It is dedicated to describing how our understanding of space-time structure has evolved since Einstein's path-breaking 1905 paper on special relativity, and how it might further evolve in the next century, and contains, in three parts, contributions from leading researchers, worldwide, who have thought deeply about the nature and consequences of the interplay between geometry and physics that has dominated all the fundamental physics since then."Mathematical Reviews"... is a book of lasting value, serving both as an overview for non-specialists and as a work of reference for specialists ... The book is valuable both as an accessible overview of current research and as a work of reference. I strongly recommend the book for libraries whose users have an interest in gravity research at any level."General Relativity and Gravitation
EAN: 9789812563941
ISBN: 9812563946
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2005
Seitenanzahl: 510 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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