General Theory of Relativity - P A M Dirac, P. A. M. (Paul Adrien Maurice), 1902- Dirac (1996)
ISBN 9780691011462
Subject General relativity (Physics)
Publisher Princeton University Press
Publication Date 1996
Format Paperback (240 mm)
Language English
Einstein's general theory of relativity requires a curved space for the description of the physical world. If one wishes to go beyond superficial discussions of the physical relations involved, one needs to set up precise equations for handling curved space. The well-established mathematical technique that accomplishes this is clearly described in this classic book by Nobel Laureate P.A.M. Dirac. Based on a series of lectures given by Dirac at Florida State University, and intended for the advanced undergraduate, General Theory of Relativity comprises thirty-five compact chapters that take the reader point-by-point through the necessary steps for understanding general relativity.

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April 28, 2004: Most reviews fail to mention-perhaps because it's so well known to the practitioners -that Dirac was one of the original contributors to general relativity! I'd very much like to point out that Dirac in 1950 published his Hamiltonian Constraint Theory for non-linear systems and showed in 1958,1959,1968 to his fellow workers in general relativity how the problem of quantization - deducing that gravitons have spin two and the physical(theoretical)reasons for the existence of gravitational radiation may be looked at from the point of view of Hamiltonian formalism. An approach which many including Abdus Salam and Bryce deWitt regarded as bringing to a kind of technical completion this rather intricate and vexing problem. After his work people can start making investigations more into the real physics of the problem. Although Dirac did not specifically address the hamiltonian approach he spent some pages on the oustanding problems of localisation of energy and the pseudo tesor form of 'energy momentum' problem in gr and a very fascinating treatment of gravitational radiation and graviton spin.

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LoC Classification QC173.6.D57 1996 copy
Dewey 530.1/1
Cover Price $7.95
No. of Pages 68
Original Publication Year 1996
Originally published: New York : Wiley, [1975].