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Gravitation

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  1,346 ratings  ·  25 reviews
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
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Paperback, 1215 pages
Published September 15th 1973 by W. H. Freeman
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Manny
Dec 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, pooh-dante
Look. I don't want to whine or anything, but how come the evolutionary biologists get all the attention when the religious right express opinions on science? Why isn't there a massive campaign to make sure that books like this one get sold with a prominent sticker on the front saying "Gravitation's Just A Theory"? It is, you know. Most schoolchildren don't as much as get told that Intelligent Falling exists, let alone giving it equal air time. And, unless I'm greatly mistaken, there's hardly any ...more
Manuel Antão
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.


□^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
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G.R. Reader
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this when I was twelve and made my own models of tensors out of egg boxes. My mother says she still has them up in the loft.
Casey
Feb 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This shit is a long-ass beautiful poem.
George Mcallister
Apr 17, 2008 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 ...more
Nick Black
finally ordered a copy. i figure if i'm stuck in texas for another 9 months, i might as well learn why i hit the ground when i pass out.
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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...?
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David
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, physics
I'm a little bit uncomfortable saying that I have read this book when you could be your entire life reading it... (I haven't read all the chapters and boxes with the same intensity). It's a masterpiece, that's for sure. You can learn a lot from it. The explanations of the math are very "physics oriented", which it is good, at least from my point of view. Curiously, it has a dated part: the area theorems of black holes; it does not have the more recent Hawking's results that combine GR with QM. O ...more
Risto
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite book from years now. I've pondered pregeometry as a basic idea ever since with or without metric as topological source of partition categories and fabric of possibilities to exist. We should build QM and GR on pregeometry of multiverse.

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
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Ahurdis
Mar 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
I learned a lot - it's sort of like General Relativity for Dummies in the sense that it actually gives examples... most texts don't. I also learned why they call this tome "The Phonebook"; it's big. ...more
Brian Powell
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physics
This book is maddening. It's got fantastic visual pedagogy that helps illustrate formal geometric concepts like covariant derivatives, affine connections, and curvature. The tone is often refreshingly casual and the authors take their time.

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
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Bradley Brock
Aug 02, 2011 marked it as to-read
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."
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Ronald Lett
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The jewel of texts on classical relativity. It is massive, it is a common joke among physics students that it "illustrates its topic by its weight." It is also the authoritative text on the classical topic; most modern texts take examples and expositions directly from it. Every student of relativity loves this text for its clarity and completeness. ...more
Clynton
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This one year graduate text took me 3 years to understand. I have no questions for the author because he expected to much coverage in a 1 year coursel
albin james
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: partially-read
Between the submission, the fear or the abandonment
Joseph Carrabis
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I originally read Gravitation shortly after it came out. It was a good read and primer then although I think it might be a bit dated now (more recent research/discoveries). However, as a read for someone considering the field and not afraid of a little work, a good read.
IggyNano
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A spinor is a flag and a pole. I'll remember that forever. ...more
Aditya Vijaykumar
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The cover art itself is worth giving the book a read!
Mike
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math, physics
Ok, I actually only read a few chapters of it. But it is way cool
Jonh_locky
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
exelente
Pizza Face 973 Face
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this book was very amazing,original and well-written.
Ron Banister
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Still working through the Tensor Calculus!! LOL
Joe Stark
Jul 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The authority on relativity and projective geometry. Provides all the proofs you ever needed in an easy to follow format.
Ian Durham
Not a great teaching book, but a classic that should be on everyone's bookshelf as a reference. ...more
Alex
Dec 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
Textbook. Heavy.
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