398 pages | 4 Color Illus. | 60 B/W Illus.
This book suitable for post graduates in Physics and Astrophysics aims at introducing the theory of general relativity as an important background for doing astrophysics. Starting from a detailed discussion of the various mathematical concepts for doing general relativity, the book introduces the geometric description of gravity. It gives a brief historical perspective to classical mechanics and electrodynamics making an attempt to establish the necessity of special relativity as propounded by Einstein extending to General Relativity. This book is a good starting point for post graduates wanting to pursue the modern topics of Cosmology, High energy astrophysics and related areas.
Mathematical Preliminaries. Pre Relativistic Physics. Special Relativity. General Relativity. Accretion Astrophysics. Inertial Forces in GR. Gravity as a Gauge Theory.