New book: “Black Holes in Higher Dimensions”, edited by Gary Horowitz

A new book devoted to higher dimensional black holes has recently been published. This edited volume includes contributions from the leading experts in the field.

“Black Holes in Higher Dimensions”
Gary T. Horowitz, editor
422 pages
Cambridge University Press

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New book: “Relativistic Astrophysics of the Transient Universe” by M.H.P.M. van Putten and A. Levinson

Relativistic Astrophysics of the Transient Universe: Gravitation, Hydrodynamics and Radiation
by Maurice H. P. M. Van Putten and Amir Levinson
Cambridge University Press, 2012

Advance praise:
‘Van Putten and Levinson have made an enjoyable compilation of all those strange things that can happen in our Universe, not only providing detailed physical calculations to understand them, but also including descriptions of all the channels of radiation that we can use to receive as much information about them as we can.’
Gerard ‘t Hooft, Utrecht University, from the Foreword

New Book: “Relativistic Cosmology” by G. Ellis, R. Maartens and M. MacCallum

“Relativistic Cosmology” by George F.R. Ellis, Roy Maartens and Malcolm A.H. MacCallum, was published on 22 March 2012.

Full publication details are available at as is a sample consisting of the first 10 pages, the index, and the full table of contents. It’s also listed on Amazon but not (yet) on Abe Books. CUP advise that stocks for the US will arrive in about 6 weeks.

The book has 636 pages and 68 black and white illustrations, many of which are also available in colour on the web page above. Extensive references (40 pages of them) are provided.

From the cover:

Cosmology has been transformed by dramatic progress in high-precision observations and theoretical modelling. This book surveys key developments and open issues for graduate students and researchers. Using a relativistic geometric approach, it focuses on the general concepts and relations that underpin the standard model of the Universe.

Part 1 covers foundations of relativistic cosmology whilst Part 2 develops the dynamical and observational relations for all models of the Universe based on general relativity. Part 3 focuses on the standard model of cosmology, including inflation, dark matter, dark energy, perturbation theory, the cosmic microwave background, structure formation and gravitational lensing. It also examines modified gravity and inhomogeneity as possible alternatives to dark energy. Anisotropic and inhomogeneous models are described in Part 4, and Part 5 reviews deeper issues, such as quantum cosmology, the start of the universe and the multiverse proposal.

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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Relativistic Figures of Equilibrium

The codes available at this link allow to compute accurate solutions of relativistic figures of equilibrium (either spheroidal or toroidal). The codes are part of the book “Relavistic Figures of Equilibrium” by Reinhard Meinel, Marcus Ansorg, Andreas Kleinwächter, Gernot Neugebauer and David Petroff, Cambridge University Press 2008.