List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Preliminaries; 2. The Szekeres-Szafron family of solutions; 3. Physics and cosmology in an inhomogeneous universe; 4. The Stephani-Barnes family of solutions; 5. Solutions with null radiation; 6. Solutions with a 'stiff fluid'/scalar field source; 7. Other solutions; 8. Averaging out inhomogeneities of geometry and matter in cosmological models; 9. Comments; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.
A comprehensive survey of our understanding of the Universe based on the exact solutions of the theory of relativity.
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