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The Scalar-Tensor Theory of Gravitation
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The scalar-tensor theory of gravitation is one of the most popular alternatives to Einstein's theory of gravitation. This book provides a clear and concise introduction to the theoretical ideas and developments, exploring scalar fields and placing them in context with a discussion of Brans-Dicke theory. Topics covered include the cosmological constant problem, time variability of coupling constants, higher dimensional space-time, branes and conformal transformations. The authors emphasize the physical applications of the scalar-tensor theory and thus provide a pedagogical overview of the subject, keeping more mathematically detailed sections for the appendices. This book is suitable for graduate courses in cosmology, gravitation and relativity. It will also provide a valuable reference for researchers.

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‘This book is an excellent readable introduction and up-to-date review of the subject.’

Source: Classical and Quantum Gravity

'I found the book to be a clearly written exposition of scalar-tensor theory, which extends to include many current issues in the field and some important ramifications of string theory cosmology … I would certainly recommend this book to anyone wishing to acquire a solid introductory grounding in the area.’

Source: Mathematics Today

'… this book gives an excellent pedagogical overview of the scalar-tensor theories. It provides a good background for young researchers to start their own investigations in this field. It is also suitable as a textbook for graduate courses in cosmology and gravitation.'

Source: General Relativity and Gravitation

'… a clear and concise introduction to the theoretical ideas and developments …'

Source: Zentralblatt MATH

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