Gravitation (book)

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Authors Charles W. Misner, Kip S. Thorne, and John Archibald Wheeler
Cover artist Kenneth Gwin
Country United States
Language English
Subject Physics
Publisher W. H. Freeman
Publication date
1973 (1973)
Media type Print
Pages xxvi, 1279
ISBN 0-7167-0344-0
OCLC 585119
LC Class QC178 .M57

In physics, Gravitation is a well-known compendium on Einstein's theory of gravity by Charles W. Misner, Kip S. Thorne, and John Archibald Wheeler, originally published by W. H. Freeman and Company in 1973. It is often considered the early "bible" of general relativity by researchers for its prominence and is frequently called MTW after its authors' initials.[1]

The book, whose size and shape at over 1200 pages is similar to that of a large telephone book, covers many aspects of general relativity and also considers some extensions of it as well as experimental confirmations. The book is divided into two "tracks", the second of which covers more advanced topics. MTW uses the −+++ metric convention. A substantial fraction of the book consists of boxes which add supplementary substance to the already thorough main text.

Here is an example of how it can be cited:

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  1. ^ Ehrlich, Ed. "Gravitation - Book Review". Retrieved 1 January 2015. 'Gravitation' is such a prominent book on relativity that the initials of its authors MTW can be used by other books on relativity without explanation. 

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External links[edit]

  • Gravitation catalog listing at the W. H. Freeman website