Please join us for a series of talks from Professor Philip Mannheim, University of Connecticut. St. Andrews Global Fellow and SUPA Visitor
Gravity in a Nutshell
The talks will be a pedagogical introduction to the theory of gravity for graduate students and nonexperts. Topics covered are:
· Newton's Laws of motion and gravity: successes and shortcomings.
· Special relativity: how to include gravity.
· Curvilinear coordinates: accelerating observers in flat space in the absence of gravity. Mach both right and wrong.
· Newton's Laws of Motion in an accelerating coordinate system in the absence of gravity.
· Need for Levi-Civita connection (Christoffel symbols). Role of metric. Geodesics. Equivalence Principle.
· Riemann curvature. Examples of curved spaces.
· Newton's Laws of Motion in an accelerating coordinate system in the presence of gravity.
· Newton's Law of Gravity in an accelerating coordinate system in the presence of gravity.
· v squared over c squared gravitational corrections to Newton's Law of gravity.
· Einstein Equations and gravitational Poisson equation in an accelerating coordinate system.
· Exact all order Schwarzschild solution and black holes.
· Einstein gravity: successes and shortcomings.
· The dark matter problem.
· The dark energy problem.
· The quantum gravity problem.
· Does gravity know about quantum mechanics: Chandrasekhar mass, Cosmic Microwave Background, Colella-Overhauser-Werner Experiment. Where did the zero-point energy go
If you have any further queries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theme area - an overview of the courses offered for Astronomy and Space Sciences students.