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Relativity Book on General Relativity -- especially on Black Holes and Graviational Waves

  1. Dec 1, 2016 #1
    Hi. (I'm sorry for my poor English.)
    I'm looking for a good book on General Relativity, specially on Black Holes and Graviational Waves. I got Schultz book once ago, but it has a fuzzy notation and does not deal with the math as I suppose to. I know the basics of Differential Geometry, Topology, Rimmanian Manifolds, and of course, Special Relativity. So what a graduated book would you recommend me?
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  3. Dec 1, 2016 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    Some folks like Zee (advanced graduate level):


    and others like Wald (undergraduate level):


    For black holes Kip Thorne's books are really good at explaining things:



    He also did a book with Wheeler that was the definitive standard for General Relatiity but lacks some of the more recent research:


    There's a couple of free ebooks here by Benjamin Crowell that are pretty good for the undergraduate/graduate level:


    We also have a thread on it that's a couple of years old:


    Lastly, here's a list of other titles to consider:

  4. Dec 1, 2016 #3
    Thank you !! I will try to check out these books
  5. Dec 5, 2016 #4
    Weinberg's book specifically covers these topics.
  6. Dec 5, 2016 #5
    I got this book after tht a couple days ago, and I like it!
  7. Jan 10, 2017 #6
    o_O Oh no, snap....

    ! I just ordered some books and did not check here first!


    Next time, I will conquer the world!
  8. Jan 10, 2017 #7
    I thought Wald's General Relativity (judging by the reviews and the preface of the book itself) was a graduate level textbook.
  9. Jan 10, 2017 #8


    Staff: Mentor

    Wald wrote a resource letter on teaching GR to grads and undergrads:


    He doesn't explicitly say what books he uses. At the end of the letter, in the bibliography he categorizes his book as a graduate book so you are right.

    In my undergraduate days, I took an independent study under one physics prof who used Wheeler's Gravitation book provided as a preprint which is at the same level as Wald so I can believe that there are some undergrads who are using Wald's book to understand GR.

    In this article they hint at using Wald as well as several other books as a basis for an undergraduate course in GR:

  10. Jan 10, 2017 #9
    MTW's Gravitation gets to the same level as Wald's General Relativity on topics they have in common, so they're on the same level in that sense. However, Gravitation has a slower paced, more conversational style and starts at an easier level.
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