Numerical relativity: Solving Einstein's equations on the computer

Thomas W. Baumgarte, Stuart L. Shapiro

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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, the book develops the mathematical formalism from first principles, and then highlights some of the pioneering simulations involving black holes and neutron stars, gravitational collapse and gravitational waves. The book contains 300 exercises to 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 covered 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 other topics of current physical and astrophysical significance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages698
ISBN (Electronic)9781139193344
ISBN (Print)9780521514071
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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