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Gravity from the Ground Up

An Introductory Guide to Gravity and General Relativity

Bernard Schutz (Director, Max-Planck-Institut fur Gravitationsphysik, Germany)



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Cambridge University Press
01 April 2003
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, helping to answer the deepest questions about the nature of time, the origin of the Universe and the unification of the forces of nature. Linking 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. Suitable for general readers and for undergraduate courses, the treatment uses only high-school level mathematics, supplemented by optional computer programs, to explain the laws of physics governing gravity.
By:   Bernard Schutz (Director Max-Planck-Institut fur Gravitationsphysik Germany)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 201mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   1.360kg
ISBN:   9780521455060
ISBN 10:   0521455065
Pages:   488
Publication Date:   01 April 2003
Audience:   College/higher education ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Bernard Schutz has done research and teaching in general relativity and especially its applications in astronomy since 1970. He is an author of more than 170 publications, including three highly-regarded books published by Cambridge University Press: Geometrical Methods of Mathematical Physics, A First Course in General Relativity and Gravity From the Ground Up. Schutz currently specialises in gravitational wave research, studying the theory of potential sources and designing new methods for analysing the data from current and planned detectors. He is a member of most of the current large-scale gravitational wave projects: GEO600 (operated by the AEI), LIGO and LISA. Schutz is a Director of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, also known as the Albert Einstein Institute (AEI), in Potsdam, Germany. He holds a part-time chair in Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University, Wales, as well as honorary professorships at Potsdam and Hanover universities in Germany. Born and educated in the USA, he taught physics and astronomy for twenty years at Cardiff before moving to Germany. In 1998 he founded the open-access online journal Living Reviews in Relativity. In 2006 he was awarded the Amaldi Gold Medal of the Italian Society for Gravitation (SIGRAV). He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Institute of Physics, and a member of the German Academy of Natural Sciences Leopoldina and of the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences Uppsala.

Reviews for Gravity from the Ground Up: An Introductory Guide to Gravity and General Relativity

Advanced praise: '... A marvellous work! What strikes me is its immense range and its solid authority. For me this will be a great resource of encyclopedic knowledge, powerful models, and balanced judgement about our Universe.' Professor Edwin F. Taylor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology '... this splendid book ... is in fact a guide to everything that is needed to understand astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology ...' Physics World 'This beautifully produced book is evidently the result of a labour of love ... Schutz writes for people who not only want to be amazed but who also want to know how it is that scientists know all the amazing things they talk about on beautifully make documentaries.' CERN 'This book is difficult to put down ... The ratio of kg to GBP makes it a bargain in any company of books and its contents emphasise its value in no uncertain terms ... this presentation of its influence will even enlighten many who believe themselves to be already well versed in the subject ... As a whole it is the work of a master teacher, authoritative and encyclopaedic and likely to give the average enthusiast many years of real pleasure.' Astronomy Now '... the work of a master teacher, authoritative and encyclopaedic and likely to give the average enthusiast many years of real pleasure.' Astronomy Now 'Altogether, this is a very illuminating work ... The general reader will profit from the well thought-out representation, and the specialist will find many original new view-points for looking at well-known facts.' General Relativity and Gravitation

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