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Relativity Book Recommend for GR

  1. Jun 21, 2015 #1
    I will order books about GR.Here what I think
    I will order these.
    Here the extra books which I need recommend.Is these are necessery.
    I am in high school.(Some of members know it)I just want to ask I will order first three books.Is last two books are necessery ?.If you have any extra ideas you can share with me.
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  3. Jun 21, 2015 #2


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    At first I should say that Weinberg's book isn't proper for you. I suggest you read Hartle's instead.
    And about the mathematics needed. All GR books I've seen provide the needed mathematics, including Hartle's. So I suggest you to read GR books first and then, when you have an idea about differential geometry and tensor calculus, read the Schaum's books.
    An exception to the above is vector analysis. I think its better to read the vector analysis book first so that you have some idea of multicomponent objects.
    I should also say that the above applies if you have a good understanding of calculus and Newtonian physics, at least!

    Zee's book is very nice too. I think its better to read this. But it depends on your level. Its a bit more advanced than Hartle's but is very pedagogical. So you may want to choose this if you think you can do it.
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  4. Jun 21, 2015 #3
    So I sould read first Vector analysis then The Einstein Theory of Relatvity Dimension then Hartle book then Differantial Geometry then Tensor Calculus ??
    Note:Thanks for Hartle book Its fantastic
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    I don't think that book by Lieber et.al. is necessary. You may do without it, Hartle is enough.
    Also, reading a book specially about differential geometry or tensor calculus is optional. If after reading the GR book, you feel good about everything, you may feel you don't need to read those.
    In fact I feel its good for you to read Zee's after Hartle's. It helps you in both physics and math. After that you may want to attack Weinberg's or other advanced books. But its again better to learn some more physics and then read more advanced GR books.
    But yes, I think you should first read the vector analysis book.
  6. Jun 21, 2015 #5
    Thank you
  7. Jun 25, 2015 #6
    I couldnt found Hartles book.Can I read Lieber instead ?
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  9. Jun 27, 2015 #8
    Personally I like D'Inverno --Introducing Einstein's Relativity. Indeed Hartle is very good too.

    Yes.... as already mentioned above, dont get Weinberg for the introductionary level.
  10. Jun 27, 2015 #9
    I'm reading Sean Carroll's book and think it's pretty wonderful. So is Schutz's book.
  11. Jun 28, 2015 #10
    I ordered Lieber and vector analysis book.They will come in 45 days.I will not order Weinberg book now.When I finish my book,I will start reading Hartle's I guess. I found pdf format of Hartle's but I cant read a book from computer.So I need to fnish these books to order new one.

    Everyone has a different learning style.So everyone has a different idea.

    I ordered Lieber cause its easy to understant for High school level.I cant bought hartle its too expansive.But I have a idea.I will gonna print hartles book.Then I will gonna read like that.But I think I need to read first Lieber.
  12. Jun 29, 2015 #11
    Is Lieber gives enough info about cosmology ? Or should I read another book after Lieber
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