Cloth $60.00 ISBN: 9780226502458 Published May 2012
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Topics in the Foundations of General Relativity and Newtonian Gravitation Theory

David B. Malament

David B. Malament

368 pages | 3 halftones, 30 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Cloth $60.00 ISBN: 9780226502458 Published May 2012
E-book $7.00 to $44.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226502472 Published April 2012

In Topics in the Foundations of General Relativity and Newtonian Gravitation Theory, David B. Malament presents the basic logical-mathematical structure of general relativity and considers a number of special topics concerning the foundations of general relativity and its relation to Newtonian gravitation theory. These special topics include the geometrized formulation of Newtonian theory (also known as Newton-Cartan theory), the concept of rotation in general relativity, and Gödel spacetime. One of the highlights of the book is a no-go theorem that can be understood to show that there is no criterion of orbital rotation in general relativity that fully answers to our classical intuitions. Topics is intended for both students and researchers in mathematical physics and philosophy of science.

N. Sadababd, Central Connecticut State University | Choice
“Recommended.”
Deborah Konkowski | Zentralblatt MATH
“Any mathematically sophisticated student or researcher interested in the foundations of gravitational theory and/or any of the specific applications would benefit from reading this book.”
David Garfinkle, Oakland University
“This is a unique book by a talented author who spans the communities of general relativity and philosophy of science. The topics discussed are very interesting and cannot be found in other books on general relativity, and Malament’s treatment of them is extremely thorough and careful throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.”
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