Description 
1 online resource (xvi, 510 pages) : illustrations 
Contents 
Development of the concepts of space, time and spacetime from Newton to Einstein / J. Stachel  Gravitational billiards, dualities and hidden symmetries / H. Nicolai  The nature of spacetime singularities / A.D. Rendall  Black holes : an introduction / P.T. Chruściel  The physical basis of black hole astrophysics / R.H. Price  Probing spacetime through numerical simulations / P. Laguna  Understanding our universe : current status and open issues / T. Padmanabhan  Was Einstein right? : testing relativity at the centenary / C.M. Will  Receiving gravitational waves / P.R. Saulson  Relativity in the global positioning system / N. Ashby  Spacetime in semiclassical gravity / L.H. Ford  Space time in string theory / T. Banks  Quantum geometry and its ramifications / A. Ashtekar  Loop quantum cosmology / M. Bojowald  Consistent discrete spacetime / R. Gambini, J. Pullin  Causal sets and the deep structure of spacetime / F. Dowker  The twistor approach to spacetime structures / R. Penrose 
Summary 
"Thanks to Einstein's relativity theories, our notions of space and time underwent profound revisions about a 100 years ago. The resulting interplay between geometry and physics has dominated all of fundamental physics since then. This volume contains contributions from leading researchers, worldwide, who have thought deeply about the nature and consequences of this interplay. The articles take a longrange view of the subject and distill the most important advances in broad terms, making them easily accessible to nonspecialists. The first part is devoted to a summary of how relativity theories were born (J Stachel). The second part discusses the most dramatic ramifications of general relativity, such as black holes (P Chrusciel and R Price), spacetime singularities (H Nicolai and A Rendall), gravitational waves (P Laguna and P Saulson), the large scale structure of the cosmos (T Padmanabhan); experimental status of this theory (C Will) as well as its practical application to the GPS system (N Ashby). The last part looks beyond Einstein and provides glimpses into what is in store for us in the 21st century. Contributions here include summaries of radical changes in the notions of space and time that are emerging from quantum field theory in curved spacetimes (Ford), string theory (T Banks), loop quantum gravity (A Ashtekar), quantum cosmology (M Bojowald), discrete approaches (Dowker, Gambini and Pullin) and twistor theory (R Penrose)"Provided by publisher 
Bibliography 
Includes bibliographical references and index 
Notes 
Print version record 
Subject 
Relativity (Physics)


Space and time.

Form 
Electronic book

Author 
Ashtekar, Abhay, editor

ISBN 
9789812700988 (electronic book) 

9812700986 (electronic book) 

(cloth) 

(cloth) 
