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# Gravitation

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This landmark text offers a rigorous full-year graduate level course on gravitation physics, teaching students to:

• Grasp the laws of physics in flat spacetime

• Predict orders of magnitude

• Calculate using the principal tools of modern geometry

• Predict all levels of precision

• Understand Einstein's geometric framework for physics

• Explore applications, including pulsars a ...more

• Grasp the laws of physics in flat spacetime

• Predict orders of magnitude

• Calculate using the principal tools of modern geometry

• Predict all levels of precision

• Understand Einstein's geometric framework for physics

• Explore applications, including pulsars a ...more

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Paperback, 1215 pages

Published
September 15th 1973
by W. H. Freeman

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□^2h'(jk) = -2ϰT(jk): "Gravitation" by Charles W. Misner, Kip S. Thorne, John Archibald Wheeler

□^2h'(jk) = -2ϰT(jk) ... solve for h'(jk) and those are gravitational waves moving at the speed of light! The speed of light bit is from the square operator at the front. Translated, the h'(jk) are like a source of energy-momentum, the T(jk) bit, in space-time and then space-time bends because of this in a wavy way. Too bad “there were” no Gr ...more

Apr 17, 2008
George Mcallister
rated it
it was amazing

Recommends it for:
advanced undergraduates, autodidacts

Shelves:
math-and-physics

This is high up on my list of favorite general relativity books, very possibly number one. The book is thick enough to make its own substantial dent in spacetime, but you'd look in vain for a wasted page. It offers two interwoven tracks: One holds your hand through a carefully detailed development of GR and related mathematics, covering all the points necessary for an understanding the later advanced, topical chapters. The other skims the waves, covering only what you need for a quick course in
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This is supposedly The Book regarding that tricky fourth force and the framework of General Relativity, and thus I need to man-up and read it at some point. Beyond it lies...? ...more

It's all about measuring on manifoulds and curvature forms, purely mathematical and strongly physical. The book is highly intuitive, easy to learn and worth of reading even several times.

If the book will be rewritten to morrow, it should be equ ...more

The trouble is that the book weighs 10 pounds, often engages in long-winded asides that interrupt the main development, and tries to cover everything in the universe. Little-known fact: if the chapter on black holes was any longer, the mass of the book would ...more

Aug 02, 2011
Bradley Brock
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From http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/14/sci...

"In 1973, Dr. Wheeler and two former students, Dr. Misner and Kip Thorne, of the California Institute of Technology, published “Gravitation,” a 1,279-page book whose witty style and accessibility — it is chockablock with sidebars and personality sketches of physicists — belies its heft and weighty subject. It has never been out of print." ...more

"In 1973, Dr. Wheeler and two former students, Dr. Misner and Kip Thorne, of the California Institute of Technology, published “Gravitation,” a 1,279-page book whose witty style and accessibility — it is chockablock with sidebars and personality sketches of physicists — belies its heft and weighty subject. It has never been out of print." ...more

Feb 16, 2015
albin james
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it was amazing
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Between the submission, the fear or the abandonment

A spinor is a flag and a pole. I'll remember that forever.
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Aug 03, 2011
Ian Durham
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Not a great teaching book, but a classic that should be on everyone's bookshelf as a reference.
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