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1st Edition

An Introduction to Einstein's Theory of Gravity

ISBN 9781138056688
Published June 11, 2019 by CRC Press
370 Pages 141 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Read an exlusive interview with Dr. Allday where he discusses the importance of the monumental first image of the black hole, here.

This book, suitable for interested post-16 school pupils or undergraduates looking for a supplement to their course text, develops our modern view of space-time and its implications in the theories of gravity and cosmology. While aspects of this topic are inevitably abstract, the book seeks to ground thinking in observational and experimental evidence where possible. In addition, some of Einstein’s philosophical thoughts are explored and contrasted with our modern views.

Written in an accessible yet rigorous style, Jonathan Allday, a highly accomplished writer, brings his trademark clarity and engagement to these fascinating subjects, which underpin so much of modern physics.


  • Restricted use of advanced mathematics, making the book suitable for post-16 students and undergraduates
  • Contains discussions of key modern developments in quantum gravity, and the latest developments in the field, including results from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)
  • Accompanied by appendices on the CRC Press website featuring detailed mathematical arguments for key derivations

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Four Keystones

Chapter 2: The Road to Relativity

Chapter 3: The Theory of Special Relativity

Chapter 4: Space-Time

Chapter 5: Mass, Energy and Dust

Chapter 6: Generalising Relativity

Chapter 7: The Theory of General Relativity

Chapter 8: Weak field Gravitation

Chapter 9: Space-time in the General Theory

Chapter 10: Black Holes

Chapter 11: Gravity Waves

Chapter 12: Cosmology

Chapter 13: Quantum Considerations

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Jonathan Allday teaches physics at Woodhouse Grove School where he is also Director of Digital Strategy.

After taking his first degree in physics at Cambridge, he moved to Liverpool University where he gained a PhD in particle physics in 1989. While carrying out his research, he joined with a group of academics and teachers working on an optional syllabus to be incorporated into A-level Physics. This new option was designed to bring students up to date on advances in particle physics and cosmology. An examining board accepted the syllabus in 1993 and now similar components appear on most advanced courses and some aimed at GCSE level.

Shortly after this, Jonathan started work on Quarks, Leptons and the Big Bang, published by CRC Press and now in its 3rd edition, which was intended as a rigorous but accessible introduction to these topics. Since then he has also written Apollo in Perspectiveand Quantum Reality, also published by CRC, as well as co-authoring various textbooks for 16+ level, most prominently Advanced Physics from the well-respected OUP series of Advanced Science books. He is also active writing articles for Physics Review which is a journal intended for 16+ physicists.

Outside of teaching physics, Jonathan has a keen interest in cricket and Formula 1, although no ability in either sport. He and his wife Carolyn live in Yorkshire and spend a reasonable amount of time wandering the country following their three children in their sporting endeavours. While his eldest son somehow found his way into Accountancy via Psychology, his middle son is reading Physics at Bristol and his youngest is completing A levels and hoping to read philosophy.


"This textbook is an introduction to the theory of general relativity. It develops the physical and mathematical concepts in both a logical and historical order. The level of mathematical sophistication is gradually increased at an understandable pace. The techniques of tensor analysis are well explained and developed. The author is thus able to bring the student up to the level of current research in the fields of general relativity and cosmology. Topics treated include black holes, gravitational waves, modern cosmology, and quantum gravity. This book is suitable for a graduate course in physics on general relativity, and it is recommended to graduate students in physics. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students through faculty."
—A. M. Strauss, Vanderbilt University in CHOICE, December 2019