A Primer in Tensor Analysis and Relativity
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The book is divided into three main parts, all based on lecture notes that have been refined for classroom teaching over the past two decades. Part I provides students with a comprehensive overview of tensors. Part II links the very introductory first part and the relatively advanced third part, demonstrating the important intermediate-level applications of tensor analysis. Part III contains an extended discussion of general relativity, and includes material useful for students interested primarily in quantum field theory and quantum gravity.
Tailored to the undergraduate, this textbook offers explanations of technical material not easily found or detailed elsewhere, including an understandable description of Riemann normal coordinates and conformal transformations. Future theoretical and experimental physicists, as well as mathematicians, will thus find it a wonderful first read on the subject.
Shapiro was a member of the Russian Gravitational Association from 1988 to 1998. He is currently part of the American Mathematical Society, the Brazilian Physical Society, and as of 2015, the Accessory Committee of Physics and Astronomy in CNPq (Funding Agency of Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology) since 2015. He is the author of more than 140 papers as well as a coauthor on the well-known 1992 book on quantum field theory and quantum gravity, Effective Action in Quantum Gravity.