Global aspects in gravitation and cosmology


Global aspects in gravitation and cosmology

Pankaj S. Joshi

(The international series of monographs on physics, 87)

Clarendon, 1993

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Includes bibliographical references and index



This book describes several basic results and applications of global aspects in gravitation theory and cosmology within the framework of Einstein's theory of gravity. Topics include results on the structure and topology of space-time, exact solutions to Einstein equations and singularities, the status of quantum gravity, and quantum effects near space-time singularities in strong curvature fields. Also covered are the global upper limits in cosmology on elementary particle masses which might constitute the dark matter of the universe. After discussing in detail the fundamental role played by global considerations in gravity and general relativity, the author points out the significant problems that remain: the nature and structure of space-time singularities, the cosmic censorship problem in black hole physics, and the issue of quantum effects in strong gravity fields. The author's treatment of gravitational collapse illustrates how powerfully-strong curvature naked singularities could result from the continual gravitational collapse of matter with several reasonable equations of state--including inflowing radiation, dust, or a perfect fluid. Students and mathematicians, astrophysicists, and physicists will find this theoretically rich book a landmark in relativity theory.


  • The world of particle physics
  • exploring the atom
  • the structure of the atom
  • the extraterrestrials
  • the cosmic rain
  • the challenge of the big machines
  • the particle explosion
  • colliders and image chambers
  • from charm to top
  • to the limits
  • particles at work.

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