From Black Clouds to Black Holes by J V Narlikar (3rd edition)

World Scientific Series in Astronomy and Astrophysics – Vol. 13
From Black Clouds to Black Holes
(Third Edition)
by Jayant V Narlikar (Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, India)

This book presents in a simple style the success story of modern astrophysics — how the application of known physics to models of stars can, together with the observational data, help us understand what stars are made of, how they live and how they die. The account is non-technical but scientifically accurate. It is interspersed with anecdotes and analogies to make the subject matter readable and understandable even to a lay reader with some basic scientific background.

– On Stars and Humans
– Light: The Storehouse of Information
– The Vital Statistics of Stars
– How Far are the Stars?
– A Star is Born
– The Secret of Stellar Energy
– The Origin of Chemical Elements
– When Stars Explode
– Very Dense Stars
– Black Holes
– Binary and Variable Stars
– The Quest Continues

Readership: Any reader interested in astronomy.

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“Vignettes in Gravitation and Cosmology” by Sriramkumar and Seshadri

edited by L Sriramkumar (Harish-Chandra Research Institute, India) and T R Seshadri (University of Delhi, India)
World Scientific

This book comprises expository articles on different aspects of gravitation and cosmology that are aimed at graduate students. The topics discussed are of contemporary interest assuming only an elementary introduction to gravitation and cosmology. The presentations are to a certain extent pedagogical in nature, and the material developed is not usually found in sufficient detail in recent textbooks in these areas.

– Non-Linear Gravitational Clustering in an Expanding Universe
– Dark Ages and Cosmic Reionization
– Probing Fundamental Constant Evolution with Redshifted Spectral Lines
– Averaging the Inhomogeneous Universe
– Probing Cosmic Magnetic Fields with the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation
– Quantum Corrections to the Bekenstein-Hawking Entropy
– Quantum Measurement and Quantum Gravity: Many Worlds or Collapse of the Wave Function?
– Generation and Evolution of Perturbations During Inflation and Reheating
– Patterns in Neural Processing

Readership: Graduate students and researchers interested in the areas of gravitation and cosmology.

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New book: “3+1 Formalism in General Relativity” by Eric Gourgoulhon

3+1 Formalism in General Relativity: Bases of Numerical Relativity

Eric Gourgoulhon
Springer, 2012
294 pages

1. Introduction
2. Basic Differential Geometry
3. Geometry of Hypersurfaces
4. Geometry of Foliations
5. 3+1 Decomposition of Einstein Equation
6. 3+1 Equations for Matter and Electromagnetic Field
7. Conformal Decomposition
8. Asymptotic Flatness and Global Quantities
9. The Initial Data Problem
10. Choice of Foliation and Spatial Coordinates
11. Evolution Schemes
A. Conformal Killing Operator and Conformal Vector Laplacian
B. Sage Codes

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New Book by Anja Skaar Jacobsen: “Leon Rosenfeld”

Physics, Philosophy, and Politics in the Twentieth Century
by Anja Skaar Jacobsen (Niels Bohr Archive, Denmark)

Leon Rosenfeld (1904-1974) was a remarkable, many-sided physicist of exceptional erudition. He was at the centre of modern physics and was well-known as Niels Bohr’s close collaborator and spokesman. He also reflected deeply on the history and philosophy of science and its social role from a leftist perspective. His biography illuminates the development, popularization, and reception of quantum physics and its interpretation in addition to the development of the political Left. The book draws extensively from previously untapped, unpublished sources in more than five languages.

This book is for students and professionals studying the history of science.

360pp (approx.)
Publication date: March 2012
ISBN: 978-981-4307-81-9

New relativity books by M. S. Berman

“General Relativity and the Pioneers Anomaly”

This book is an introduction to the General Relativity Theory (GRT) and to the solution of the Pioneers Anomaly by means of relativistic cosmology, a study that is designed to be understood by undergraduate and graduate students alike in the fields of theoretical physics, applied mathematics and space engineering. In fact, this book is the first elementary account of GRT and cosmology to address the NASA problem, which consists of a specific deceleration suffered by two space-probes launched to outer space more than thirty years ago. The other two NASA anomalies, which are, the spin-down of the Pioneers, when they were not disturbed, and the “fly-by” of spacecraft in gravity assists, around the Earth, are explained by Berman, along with the linear deceleration, by the rotation of the Universe, and General Relativity theory.

Pub. Date: 2011 4th quarter
Author: Marcelo Samuel Berman (Instituto Albert Einstein/Latinamerica, Curitiba, Brazil)
Publisher: Nova Science Publishers, New York
ISBN: 978-1-62100-107-2

“Realization of Einstein’s Machian Program”

This book is a solution of the so-called Einstein’s Machian Program, that left Einstein very angry and frustrated, for he was unable to reconcile Relativity Theories with Ernst Mach ideas, that by looking into the Cosmos as a whole, absolute motion could be found. About one hundred years ago, the discussion led to no conclusions among physicists, so that now Berman found that the existence of a Universal rotation, was compatible with General Relativity, and that this rotation is “absolute”. Berman thus solved the problem.

Author: Marcelo Samuel Berman (Instituto Albert Einstein/Latinamerica, Curitiba, Brazil).
Pub. Date: 2012 1st Quarter
publisher: Nova Science Publishers, New York
ISBN: 978-1-61942-164-6

New book – General Relativity Without Calculus

“General Relativity Without Calculus” offers a compact but mathematically correct introduction to the general theory of relativity, assuming only a basic knowledge of high school mathematics and physics. Targeted at first year undergraduates (and advanced high school students) who wish to learn Einstein’s theory beyond popular science accounts, it covers the basics of special relativity, Minkowski space-time, non-Euclidean geometry, Newtonian gravity, the Schwarzschild solution, black holes and cosmology. The quick-paced style is balanced by over 75 exercises (including full solutions), allowing readers to test and consolidate their understanding.

New book by John D Barrow: “The Book of Universes”

New Book Published 2 Feb 2011
The Book of Universes
John D Barrow
Publ. Bodley Head, Random House, UK
354 Pages, 12 chapters, b/w illustrations and photographs

Description: This book for a general audience tells the story of how Einstein’s equations provided a succession of solutions describing possible universes. It follows the history of the discovery of all the different sorts of possible universes that we know about and introduces the characters involved. It describes the latest ideas about inflationary universes, quantum cosmology and multiverses, as well as the best buy model of the observable universe today.

Numerical Relativity: Solving Einstein’s Equations on the Computer (New Book)

Numerical Relativity: Solving Einstein’s Equations on the Computer

T. W. Baumgarte and S. L. Shapiro
Cambridge University Press, 2010

Aimed at students and researchers entering the field, this pedagogical introduction to numerical relativity will also interest scientists seeking a broad survey of its challenges and achievements. Assuming only a basic knowledge of classical general relativity, this textbook develops the mathematical formalism from first principles, then highlights some of the pioneering simulations involving black holes and neutron stars, gravitational collapse and gravitational waves. Applications include calculations of coalescing binary black holes and binary neutron stars, rotating stars, colliding star clusters, gravitational and magnetorotational collapse, critical phenomena, the generation of gravitational waves, and many more.

Features of the book include:

– 300 exercises help readers master new material as it is presented.

– Numerous illustrations, many in color, assist in visualizing new geometric concepts and highlighting the results of computer simulations.

– Summary boxes encapsulate some of the most important results for quick reference.

– Applications cover topics of current physical and astrophysical significance.

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Structures in the Universe by Exact Methods (book)

Authors: Krzysztof Bolejko, Andrzej Krasiński, Charles Hellaby, Marie-Noëlle Célérier

As the structures in our Universe are mapped out on ever larger scales, and with increasing detail, the use of inhomogeneous models is becoming an essential tool for analyzing and understanding them. This book reviews a number of important developments in the application of inhomogeneous solutions of Einstein’s field equations to cosmology. It shows how inhomogeneous models can be employed to study the evolution of structures such as galaxy clusters and galaxies with central black holes, and to account for cosmological observations like supernovae dimming, the cosmic microwave background, baryon acoustic oscillations or the dependence of the Hubble parameter on redshift within classical general relativity. Whatever `dark matter’ and `dark energy’ turn out to be, inhomogeneities exist on many scales and need to be investigated with all appropriate methods. This book is of great value to all astrophysicists and researchers working in cosmology, from graduate students to academic researchers.

The book presents inhomogeneous cosmological models, allowing readers to familiarise themselves with basic properties of these models. It shows how inhomogeneous models can be used to analyse cosmological observations such as supernovae, cosmic microwave background, and baryon acoustic oscillations. The book reviews important developments in the application of inhomogeneous solutions of Einstein’s field equations to cosmology.

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Solitons, Instantons and Twistors, M. Dunajski (book)

Solitons, Instantons and Twistors, M. Dunajski (2009),
Oxford University Press

1: Integrability in classical mechanics
2: Soliton equations and the Inverse Scattering Transform
3: The Hamiltonian formalism and the zero-curvature representation
4: Lie symmetries and reductions
5: The Lagrangian formalism and field theory
6: Gauge field theory
7: Integrability of ASDYM and twistor theory
8: Symmetry reductions and the integrable chiral model
9: Gravitational instantons
10: Anti-self-dual conformal structures
Appendix A: Manifolds and Topology
Appendix B: Complex analysis
Appendix C: Overdetermined PDEs