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Jul809, 12:13 AM

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hello everybody ..
I hope you are all okey. i have seen a lot of discussions in what are the best introduction to the field of relativity or the special theory of relativity be Albert ein. MY QUESTION NOW IS WHAT ARE THE BEST INTRODUCTORY BOOKS TO THIS FIELD ? 


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I have used
Introduction to Special Relativity by Wolfgang Rindler (0198539525) General Relativity: An Introduction for Physicists by M. P. Hobson (also teach you special relativity, 0521829518) Relativity, Gravitation, and Cosmology: A Basic Introduction by TaPei Cheng (0198529562) 


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INTRODUCTORY BOOKS TO relativity
Since you have completed firstyear physics and math, I recommend looking at special relativity. My personal recommendations for special relativity are:
A Traveler's Guide To Spacetime: An introduction to the Special Theory of Relativity by Thomas Moore; Spacetime Physics by Taylor and Wheeler. For Spacetime Physics, the first edition paperback version is best. Later editions aren't as good, and the hardcover first edition doesn't have solutions to the problems. Once you have mastered the material in secondyear math and introductory Lagrangian mechanics, introductions to general relativity will be accessible. My favourites are Gravity:An Introduction to Einstein's Relativity by James Hartle for a "physics first" approach, and General Relativity: An Introduction for Physicists by Hobson, Efstathiou, and Lasenby (which malawi_glenn has also recommended) for a "math first" approach. For some time, I've been meaning to write a post about the difference between these two approaches to teaching general relativity. 


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Jul809, 05:06 AM

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thank you mr.malawi_glenn & mr.George ...



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Not much has changed since the last time we covered this topic.
I second the recommendation for the original red paperback edition of Spacetime Physics. For GR, I think Hartle's Gravity is still the best place to start. 


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One small change since perhaps the last time this topic was visited is that a wonderful old work is back in print. It is Lillian Lieber's "The Einstein Theory of Relativity: A Trip to the Fourth Dimension". This is somewhat dated in some respects but really worth looking at for an introduction to both Special and General Relativity. The new edition has added notes and so on that make it even more valuable.



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Is it a physics textbook or just a "word" book, i.e. more "popular science aligned" ?



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It's a physics text not a word text. From the preface:
===== Many "popular" discussions of Relativity, without any mathematics at all, have been written. But we doubt whether even the best of these can possibly give to a novice an adequate idea of what it is all about. What is very clear when expressed in mathematical language sounds "mystical" in ordinary language. On the other hand, there are many discussions, including Einstein's own papers, which are accessible to the experts only. We believe that there is a class of readers who can get very little out of either of these two kinds of discussion readers who know enough about mathematics to follow a simple mathematical presentation of a domain new to them, built from the ground up, with sufficient details to bridge the gaps that exist FOR THEM in both the popular and the expert presentations. ====== The book introduces contra and covariant tensors and effects on them due to coordinate transformations and so on. Christoffel symbols, the curvature tensor and so on are clearly defined. It really is a rare treatment. 


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OR wait, I was looking at the wrong book 


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Maybe checkout Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity by Sean Carroll.



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