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# A First Course in General Relativity

General relativity has become one of the central pillars of theoretical physics, with important applications in both astrophysics and high-energy particle physics, and no modern theoretical physicist's education should be regarded as complete without some study of the subject. This textbook, based on the author's own undergraduate teaching, develops general relativity and...more

Paperback, 392 pages

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

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Schutz assumes basic knowledge of 3D vector calculus. He explains very clearly the essentials of the new mathematics the upper division physics undergraduate must acquire to learn the rudiments of GR, holding the readers hand through one-forms, and tensor calculous. I found it much better than MTW in that regard -- after reading about one-forms in MTW I recall thinking "but this one-form sounds like the gradient of a scalar field, which I learned to be just a *vector*, so what's the difference?!...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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