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A good gradlevel intorduction to general relativity 
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Mar1912, 05:52 AM

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Hi there,
I am wondering if anyone might be ablet to suggest a good book to give me a working knowledge of general relativity. I have already sat a "relativity and cosmology" undergraduate module but I find that I am still unable to understand papers on gravity. I would like something that is quite easy to get into but yet can provide enough rigour to help me to understand, a kind of "general relativity for dummies" type book. I have been through most of the Leonard Susskind lecture series on GR but I would like it spelt out to me. Thanks! Taylrl 


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Mar1912, 12:24 PM

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There's always MTW's Gravitation, it's very comprehensive, but it has a "track 1" for beginning students in GR. There's also Wald's General Relativity, which tends to be a lot more terse but also mathematically rigorous. Carroll has a book on GR as well which are arranged from his lecture notes but I haven't really read that one except for his short spiel on Killing vector fields.
I think a good upper undergrad, lower grad level book is Bernard Schutz's A First Course in General Relativity. 


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Mar1912, 12:47 PM

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There's also 'General Relativity' by I.R. Kenyon, which gives a decent account of the formalism.
A lowerlevel book is Edwin Taylor's 'Exploring Black Holes: Introduction to General Relativity'. It's useful for understanding about the outcomes of the theory but doesn't go into the maths. 


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Mar1912, 01:17 PM

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A good gradlevel intorduction to general relativity
Carroll is my personal favorite. Wald will probably be of little use to a beginner. Schutz with Hartle as a supplement were how I myself got started. Schutz has an excellent intro to tensors, and especially the stressenergy tensor. Hartle goes over some topics that Schutz leaves out, like the extremal aging principle and a few others.



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