Introduction to the Geometrical Foundations of General Relativity

Introduction to the Geometrical Foundations of General Relativity

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

Albert Einstein

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This book is intended for physics students who want to prepare for lectures on general relativity. Some knowledge of linear algebra and analysis are required. This textbook starts with basic topics such as vector space and vectors (chapter 1), dual space and covectors (chapter 2), tensors (chapter 3), etc.. Great importance is always attached to the clarity of the explanations and derivations of the topics. 31 figures support these intentions.

General relativity is in its deeper sense a geometric theory. Therefore, the emphasis in this textbook has been placed on understanding space in its geometric configuration. Space is a component of the representation of the physical real. And it is thus the stage on which the physical processes and procedures show themselves.

Calculation tasks have been deliberately omitted. The focus is on understanding a topic. For this purpose, many examples and detailed extra introductions have been made. For exercises, there are enough examples in the relevant textbooks that can be used to deepen a topic. This book serves as a good basis for mastering tasks. If you have studied the book thoroughly, you will be prepared to start working on the physics of gravitation as described by general relativity.

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