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The Resource Inertia and Gravitation : The Fundamental Nature and Structure of SpaceTime, by Herbert Pfister, Markus King, (electronic resource)
Inertia and Gravitation : The Fundamental Nature and Structure of SpaceTime, by Herbert Pfister, Markus King, (electronic resource)
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 This book focuses on the phenomena of inertia and gravitation, one objective being to shed some new light on the basic laws of gravitational interaction and the fundamental nature and structures of spacetime. Chapter 1 is devoted to an extensive, partly new analysis of the law of inertia. The underlying mathematical and geometrical structure of Newtonian spacetime is presented from a fourdimensional point of view, and some historical difficulties and controversies  in particular the concepts of free particles and straight lines  are critically analyzed, while connections to projective geometry are also explored. The relativistic extensions of the law of gravitation and its intriguing consequences are studied in Chapter 2. This is achieved, following the works of Weyl, Ehlers, Pirani and Schild, by adopting a point of view of the combined conformal and projective structure of spacetime. Specifically, Mach’s fundamental critique of Newton’s concepts of ‘absolute space’ and ‘absolute time’ was a decisive motivation for Einstein’s development of general relativity, and his equivalence principle provided a new perspective on inertia. In Chapter 3 the very special mathematical structure of Einstein’s field equations is analyzed, and some of their remarkable physical predictions are presented. By analyzing different types of dragging phenomena, Chapter 4 reviews to what extent the equivalence principle is realized in general relativity  a question intimately connected to the ‘new force’ of gravitomagnetism, which was theoretically predicted by Einstein and Thirring but which was only recently experimentally confirmed and is thus of current interest
 Language
 eng
 Extent
 XII, 180 p. 14 illus.
 Contents

 Preface
 The Laws of Inertia and Gravitation in Newtonian Physics
 Free Particles and Light Rays as Basic Elements of General Relativity
 Einstein’s Field Equations, Their Special Mathematical Structure, and Some of Their Remarkable Physical Predictions
 Mach’s Principle, Dragging Phenomena, and Gravitomagnetism
 A Sketch of the Proof that the Inertial Path Structure Follows from a Local Desargues Property
 Slowly Rotating Mass Shells with Flat Interiors
 Name Index
 Subject Index
 Isbn
 9783319150369
 Label
 Inertia and Gravitation : The Fundamental Nature and Structure of SpaceTime
 Title
 Inertia and Gravitation
 Title remainder
 The Fundamental Nature and Structure of SpaceTime
 Statement of responsibility
 by Herbert Pfister, Markus King
 Language
 eng
 Summary
 This book focuses on the phenomena of inertia and gravitation, one objective being to shed some new light on the basic laws of gravitational interaction and the fundamental nature and structures of spacetime. Chapter 1 is devoted to an extensive, partly new analysis of the law of inertia. The underlying mathematical and geometrical structure of Newtonian spacetime is presented from a fourdimensional point of view, and some historical difficulties and controversies  in particular the concepts of free particles and straight lines  are critically analyzed, while connections to projective geometry are also explored. The relativistic extensions of the law of gravitation and its intriguing consequences are studied in Chapter 2. This is achieved, following the works of Weyl, Ehlers, Pirani and Schild, by adopting a point of view of the combined conformal and projective structure of spacetime. Specifically, Mach’s fundamental critique of Newton’s concepts of ‘absolute space’ and ‘absolute time’ was a decisive motivation for Einstein’s development of general relativity, and his equivalence principle provided a new perspective on inertia. In Chapter 3 the very special mathematical structure of Einstein’s field equations is analyzed, and some of their remarkable physical predictions are presented. By analyzing different types of dragging phenomena, Chapter 4 reviews to what extent the equivalence principle is realized in general relativity  a question intimately connected to the ‘new force’ of gravitomagnetism, which was theoretically predicted by Einstein and Thirring but which was only recently experimentally confirmed and is thus of current interest
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 Pfister, Herbert
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 QC173.5173.65
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 non fiction
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 King, Markus.
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 Lecture Notes in Physics,
 Series volume
 897
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 Physics
 Physics
 Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory
 History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics
 Mathematical Physics
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 Preface  The Laws of Inertia and Gravitation in Newtonian Physics  Free Particles and Light Rays as Basic Elements of General Relativity  Einstein’s Field Equations, Their Special Mathematical Structure, and Some of Their Remarkable Physical Predictions  Mach’s Principle, Dragging Phenomena, and Gravitomagnetism  A Sketch of the Proof that the Inertial Path Structure Follows from a Local Desargues Property  Slowly Rotating Mass Shells with Flat Interiors  Name Index  Subject Index
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 XII, 180 p. 14 illus.
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 Preface  The Laws of Inertia and Gravitation in Newtonian Physics  Free Particles and Light Rays as Basic Elements of General Relativity  Einstein’s Field Equations, Their Special Mathematical Structure, and Some of Their Remarkable Physical Predictions  Mach’s Principle, Dragging Phenomena, and Gravitomagnetism  A Sketch of the Proof that the Inertial Path Structure Follows from a Local Desargues Property  Slowly Rotating Mass Shells with Flat Interiors  Name Index  Subject Index
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 unknown
 Extent
 XII, 180 p. 14 illus.
 File format
 multiple file formats
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 electronic
 Isbn
 9783319150369
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 uncompressed
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 computer
 Media MARC source
 rdamedia
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 c
 Other control number
 10.1007/9783319150369
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 online resource.
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 remote
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 (DEHe213)9783319150369
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