An Introduction to General Relativity and Cosmology
General relativity is a cornerstone of modern physics, and is of major importance in its applications to cosmology. Plebanski and Krasinski are experts in the field and in this 2006 book they provide a thorough introduction to general relativity, guiding the reader through complete derivations of the most important results. Providing coverage from a unique viewpoint, geometrical, physical and astrophysical properties of inhomogeneous cosmological models are all systematically and clearly presented, allowing the reader to follow and verify all derivations. For advanced undergraduates and graduates in physics and astronomy, this textbook will enable students to develop expertise in the mathematical techniques necessary to study general relativity.
A self-contained account of cosmology in general geometry • Contains exercises, with hints but no solutions • No other textbook published previously had devoted so much attention to cosmology described by exact methods of relativity • The first ever presentation in textbook form of significant papers written in the 70s and 80s