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Gravitational Waves: Volume 1: Theory and Experiments: Theory and Experiments v. 1 [Hardcover]

Michele Maggiore
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4 Oct 2007 0198570740 978-0198570745
The aim of this book is to become a major reference text for gravitational-wave physics, covering in detail both the experimental and the theoretical aspects. It is the only existing book on gravitational waves to date, and it will likely remain unique for its broadness and scope. It brings the reader to the forefront of present-day research, both theoretical and experimental, assuming no previous knowledge of gravitational-wave physics.

Part I of Volume 1 is devoted to the theory of gravitational waves. Here we have re-derived - in a coherent way - most of the results that we present, clarifying or streamlining existing derivations. Part II of Volume 1 is devoted to a description of experimental gravitational-wave physics. We discuss in great detail existing and planned experiments, as well as data analysis techniques.

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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (4 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198570740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198570745
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 19 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,034,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The presentation of the material, including the notation and layout, is very clear. The book is written at a level that will appeal to advanced students and active researchers. [...] The book clearly fills a gap in the literature. It deserves to become a standard textbook in gravitation and to be on the book-shelf of everybody who is seriously interested in gravitational wave astronomy. (General Relativity and Gravitation)

The need for a textbook that treats the production and detection of GWs systematically is clear. Michele Maggiore has succeeded in doing this in a way that is fruitful not only for the young physicist starting to work in the field, but also for the experienced scientist needing a reference book for everyday work. (CERN Courier)

For its comprehensive coverage of the theoretical and experimental aspects of gravitational waves, and for the high quality of its writing, this book is a truly remarkable achievement. I recommend it with great enthusiasm to anyone interested in this exciting topic. (Classical and Quantum Gravity)

Students and experienced researchers will welcome Michele Maggiore's timely and authoritative new text book. (Nature)

...excellent and useful material...on an important new frontier of astronomy and of fundamental physics. I look forward to Volume 2, and even more so to the dawn of gravitational-wave astronomy. (Nature)

A very good book, and it fills a gap in the literature. [...] It is an ideal textbook for a monographic introductory course on gravitational waves, for graduates or advanced undergraduates, [and] it could also be the basic reference text for researchers, both experimentalists and theoreticians. (The Gravitational Voice)

About the Author

Prof. Michele Maggiore Department of Theoretical Physics, University of Geneva

Born in 1963, Michele Maggiore has graduated from University of Pisa in 1986, and has got his PhD from Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, in 1989. After postdoctoral positions in Bern and at University of Minnesota he became researcher at INFN in Pisa in 1991. Since 2001 he is Professeur Ordinaire (Professor) at the Dept. of Theoretical Physics, University of Geneva. His research interests cover a broad range of subjects, including quantum field theory, quantum gravity, cosmology, string theory, and the study of gravitational waves of astrophysical or cosmological origin. He is also involved in experimental effors for gravitational wave detection.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book 13 April 2013
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Michele Maggiore has written a true masterpiece, that even 5 years after its publication, is still the ultimate reference in the field. The author explains what gravitational waves are, the weak-field expansion of Einstein's field equations, post-Newtonian sources, the Hulse-Taylor binary system, he even covers unusual topics such as massive gravitons (he is a leading expert in this area). He then talks about gravitational-wave detection, data-analysis, signal-to-noise ratio, experimental problems. Although resonant bars are no longer active and have been completely replaced by interferometers, the chapter about resonant bars is very useful. A must read for all involved in gravitational-wave research, theoreticians and experimentalists alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 11 Dec 2007
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This text fills a void and will be a standard reference. I am quite happy to see so much great physics of graviational waves assembled coherently in one spot. Both geometrical and field theoretical approaches are given equally thoughful consideration in the theoretical layout (which I am slogging through currently). Recommended for GW researchers and those interesting in GWs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 12 Sep 2010
By Fernando Izaurieta - Published on Amazon.com
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When I've read "The aim of this book is to become THE reference text for gravitational-wave physics" I thought "ha ha this guy is just bluffing". Anyway, I needed a good introduction in the topic so I bought it.
Then I realized there was no bluffing... it is the most complete reference in the topic I could dream of. The hypothesis very clearly stated and developed, from the simplest to the hardest stuff.
Great book.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Guide to Gravitational Waves 14 Aug 2014
By Mitchell Revalski - Published on Amazon.com
This book is an excellent guide to the field of Gravitational Waves. The book does assume some background knowledge of general relativity, as do most texts on the subject. Overall the topics flow well together and are in a logical order. Most sections are very in depth while still having understandable explanations. There are more advanced sections which may be omitted on a first reading.

Part one develops the theoretical background, while part two looks at observational evidence as well as data analysis and processing. The extensive use of side page footnotes is helpful for providing additional information and references without interrupting the flow of the main text. The end of each chapter contains a further reading section with additional resources, and thoroughly covers a great number of topics.

For those truly new to the field some of the mathematical discussion is certainly a bit advanced but the text is almost always transparent enough to continue absorbing useful information throughout. See the author's personal webpage for an errata with corrections to errors in the text.

Overall, this is a must have for anyone conducting research into gravitational waves!
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