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Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity

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The aim of this groundbreaking new book is to bring general relativity into the undergraduate curriculum and make this fundamental theory accessible to all physics majors. Using a "physics first" approach to the subject, renowned relativist James B. Hartle provides a fluent and accessible introduction that uses a minimum of new mathematics and is illustrated with a wealth ...more
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published January 5th 2003 by Pearson (first published January 5th 2002)
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DJ
Apr 09, 2009 rated it liked it
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Trying to teach undergrads general relativity is about as easy as teaching a puppy... general relativity. Hartle strikes a pretty good balance with this book, offering 30-page chapters with *gasp* only a half-dozen equations that focus on conveying high-level concepts as well as chapters fully devoted to tensors, covariant derivatives, and all the mathematical weapons one needs to predict the large-scale structure of the universe. Hartle also provides plenty of worked examples, which are really ...more
Daniel Cunningham
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
So, I've only actually read about 2/3 of this, as I used it as textbook and didn't cover all topics. We did use/cover Chapters 1 - 9, 12, 13, 17, 18, 22, with very light coverage of 20-21 (we really did 22 in more a descriptive mode, I'd say.)

That said, I survived an undergraduate intro to GR and... it wasn't that bad. It was hard, no doubt there, but the book was solid and helpful.

My one complaint is that there is a tendency to skip steps in examples; these are often mathematical steps that may
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Valentijn de Groot
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful introduction to Einstein's theory of relativity. Be prepared for some hardcore math.
Zach
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Not many books move me to write a review, and even fewer textbooks.

Hartle's brilliant work is, however, an exception. The examples are appropriately set and lend insight. The order of the material is unconventional and mercifully so - no forest of 'upstairs' and 'downstairs' indices until about chapter 20! This means that the essential physics is brought out.

Perhaps the greatest recommendation comes from Kip Thorne. When I met him and talked about textbooks, he told me to avoid his own seminal
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Ulrich Utiger
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very instructive, in my opinion the best book to start with general relativity on a undergraduate level.
Dipesh
Jan 19, 2014 marked it as to-read
leading up to the Big Bang Model of cosmology. Once you know this, you have the background to learn grand theories.
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