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Relativistic Figures of Equilibrium by Reinhard Meinel
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This book treats the classical problem of gravitational physics within Einstein's theory of general relativity. It presents basic principles and equations needed to describe rotating fluid bodies, as well as black holes in equilibrium. It then goes on to deal with a number of analytically tractable limiting cases, placing particular emphasis on the rigidly rotating disc of dust. The book concludes by considering the general case using powerful numerical methods that are applied to various models, including the classical example of equilibrium figures of constant density. Researchers in general relativity, mathematical physics, and astrophysics will find this a valuable reference book on the topic. A related website containing codes for calculating various figures of equilibrium is available at
Cambridge University Press; June 2008
230 pages; ISBN 9780511410529
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Title: Relativistic Figures of Equilibrium
Author: Reinhard Meinel; Marcus Ansorg; Andreas Kleinwächter; Gernot Neugebauer; David Petroff