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# A First Course in General Relativity

Development of the concept of general relativity and its associated mathematics, from a minimum of prerequisites, leads to an in-depth physical understanding of the theory and its most important applications.

Paperback, 392 pages

Published
February 22nd 1985
by Cambridge University Press
(first published January 1st 1985)

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Fun things start to happen when one start to work with physics in curved space. ...more

Mar 02, 2016
Erickson
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it was amazing
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relativity-theory

Very good book to start general relativity. The first four chapters carefully work out the necessary mathematics, in more geometric forms than just emphasizing transformation rules. The fluid analogy was especially helpful for understanding stress-energy tensor which is the source of gravitational field.

The next four chapters brought the readers to the real essence of general relativity - the physics and mathematics of curvature itself. Somehow he managed to bring out the flavour really clearly. ...more

The next four chapters brought the readers to the real essence of general relativity - the physics and mathematics of curvature itself. Somehow he managed to bring out the flavour really clearly. ...more

Although he assumes nothing beyond vector calculus and linear algebra, I can't help but come to the conclusion that I would have had a lot harder time had I no differential geometry background.

Highly recommended!

Jul 29, 2011
Bria
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Dude, I know everyone makes typos, but in complex physical theories the difference between a 1 and a 0 or a + and a - can be kind of significant.

Aug 03, 2011
Ian Durham
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The best introductory text on the subject that exists. One of the best texts I've ever read.

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