Errata and Addenda for Einstein Gravity

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Errors, typographical and otherwise, in Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell are listed here. Readers who find errors are urged to bring them to my attention by email (zee@kitp.ucsb.edu) using the following format. I would appreciate it if you would write them in exactly the same format as used here. Please do not send errata in some other format, such as a pdf of a list of errors.

 

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Errata

 

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78 eq(24)  coefficient of the d(theta)^2 term should read (f^2(cos(theta))^2+ r^2(sin(theta))^2  
79 Q4 the coefficient of the d(r)^2 term should read (rho)^2/((rho)^2+(a)^2(sin(theta))^2).  
165 problem III.1 Remove the words "head-on" from the problem.  Landon Lehman
277   in the paragraph above Eq. (7) and in Eq. (7) itself the definition of the proper time d\tau^2 should contain an additional minus sign. Dennis jespersen
303   In the approximation to Newtonian Gravity it seems as if we ar: sudden switch to the (+1,-1,-1,-1) metric.  The final result disagrees with eqn 40 on page 861 (the collection of useful formula).  The error seems to start with the signs for the two Christoffel Symbols in line 5.  
429   Fig. VII.2.7 where the labels on regions III and IV should be switched Dennis jespersen
466   eq. (24), where the first parenthesized term on
    the right-hand side should have a, not a^2.
Dennis Jespersen
493  before (15) Sign errors, T=-\rho+3P, and hence a relative + sign between the two terms in S_\mu\nu. Steve Meek
569 line after eq(16)  Replace $Q^{ij}$ by $D^{ij}$  
569  line after eq(16)  Replace $Q^{ij}$ by $D^{ij}$ and ``quadrupole'' by ``second''  
571 middle  Replace ``We learned .... have one.'' by ``To calculate the energy carried away by the gravitational wave, we have to derive the analog of the Poynting vector in \esm~in \en~\g. Then, after integrating over angles, we find that the energy radiated per unit time is given in terms of the quadrupole moment $Q^{ij}(t) \equiv  D^{ij}- \frac{1}{3} \del^{ij} D
$ with $D = \del^{ij}D^{ij} $ the  trace of the second moment. (We do not carry out this rather tedious calculation here. See, for example, M. Maggiore, Gravitational Waves, vol. 1.) A spherically symmetric mass distribution simply does not have a quadrupole moment.''
571  middle  Replace ``We learned .... have one.'' by ``To calculate the energy carried away by the gravitational wave, we have to derive the analog of the Poynting vector in \esm~in \en~\g. Then, after integrating over angles, we find that the energy radiated per unit time is given in terms of the quadrupole moment $Q^{ij}(t) \equiv  D^{ij}- \frac{1}{3} \del^{ij} D
$ with $D = \del^{ij}D^{ij} $ the  trace of the second moment. (We do not carry out this rather tedious calculation here. See, for example, M. Maggiore, Gravitational Waves, vol. 1.) A spherically symmetric mass distribution simply does not have a quadrupole moment.''
 
601   the last term in equation (12) should have a positive sign before it. This makes it cancel with the last term in equation (13) below it, upon addition. Vivek Saxena  
795 bottom  in the solution for I.5.17, there is a sentence "In other words, we have two equations giving \partial_y f and \partial_y f...". The second one should be \partial_y g. Christopher Jones
801   The solution to Exercise V.2.1 should be \delta = GMhR^{-2} - R\omega(v) - v^{2}/2 and \delta_{ew} = -2R\omega(v).  Maxwell I. Scherzer
245  third line after Eq. (18) "With the identification in (17), we obtain dp^1/dtau=...". The last term in the inline equation for dp^1/dtau should have a minus sign so that it can be recognized as the cross product of Eq. (19). The typo probably comes from the fact that F_{13}= -B^2 and not B^2 (because of the antisymmetry of F^{\mu\nu}.  Jacques C.R. Bloch
   
last update 9/23/2019