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100 Years Of Relativity
Space-time Structure: Einstein and Beyond




edited by Abhay Ashtekar (Institute for Gravitational Physics and Geometry, Pennsylvania State University, USA)

Thanks to Einstein's relativity theories, our notions of space and time underwent profound revisions about a 100 years ago.

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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), space-time 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 space-times (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).

Contents:

History and Foundations:
• Development of the Concepts of Space, Time and Space- time from Newton to Einstein (J Stachel)
Manifestations of General Relativity:
• Gravitational Billiards, Dualities and Hidden Symmetries (H Nicolai)
• Probing Space-time Through Numerical Simulations (P Laguna)
• The Nature of Space-time Singularities (A Rendall)
• Black Holes — An Introduction (P Chrusciel)
• The Physical Basis of Astrophysical Black Holes (R Price)
• Understanding Our Universe: Current Status and Open Problems (T Padmanabhan)
• Receiving Gravitational Waves (P Saulson)
• Was Einstein Right? Confronting General Relativity with Experiments (C Will)
• Relativity in the Global Positioning System (N Ashby)
Beyond Einstein:
• Space-time in Semi-Classical Gravity (L Ford)
• Causal Sets and the Deep Structure of Space-time (F Dowker)
• Consistent Discrete Space-time (R Gambini & J Pullin)
• The Twistor Approach to Space-time Structures (R Penrose)
• Quantum Geometry and Its Ramifications (A Ashtekar)
• Space-time in String Theory (T Banks)

(via PhysicsWeb)
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