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Cosmology
Contemporary cosmological models are based on the idea that the universe is pretty much
the same everywhere a stance sometimes known as the Copernican principle. On the
face of
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Weak Fields and Gravitational Radiation
When we rst derived Einsteins equations, we checked that we were on the right track by
considering the Newtonian limit. This amounted to the requir
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The Schwarzschild Solution and Black Holes
We now move from the domain of the weak-eld limit to solutions of the full nonlinear
Einsteins equations. With the possible exception of Minkows
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More Geometry
With an understanding of how the laws of physics adapt to curved spacetime, it is undeniably
tempting to start in on applications. However, a few extra mathematical techniqu
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Gravitation
Having paid our mathematical dues, we are now prepared to examine the physics of gravitation as described by general relativity. This subject falls naturally into two pieces:
Lecture Notes on General Relativity
arXiv:gr-qc/9712019v1 3 Dec 1997
Sean M. Carroll
Institute for Theoretical Physics
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
[email protected]
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Abstract
These notes represent approximately one sem
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Manifolds
After the invention of special relativity, Einstein tried for a number of years to invent a
Lorentz-invariant theory of gravity, without success. His eventual breakthrough was t
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Curvature
In our discussion of manifolds, it became clear that there were various notions we could talk
about as soon as the manifold was dened; we could dene functions, take their deriva