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Relativity Book recommendations

  1. Jul 31, 2016 #1
    Hi, can anyone recommend any good books about special and general relativity for novices?

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  3. Jul 31, 2016 #2
    Popsci books? Or actual textbooks?
    If you mean actual textbooks, then what is your knowledge of math and physics?
  4. Jul 31, 2016 #3
    For Special Relativity:
    Get a copy of University Physics with Modern Physics Volume 3 by Young & Freedman, and read the chapter on Special Relativity. Make sure you do the problems; they are there for a reason.

    Volume 3 of Young & Freedman is simply fantastic for introductory modern physics.
  5. Aug 1, 2016 #4
    I'll assume you have the proper mathematical pre-requisites. A first book to get a feel for what relativity is all about would be Russell's ABC of Relativity. I liked it in highschool when I didn't have a very strong mathematical background past multivariable calculus.
    I then learnt special relativity through the first chapter of 'A first course in general relativity'. I don't really know any other exposition of SR except 'Physics through symmetry', which in my opinion isn't exactly enough. As for general relativity, I haven't learnt it yet, so I won't comment on it.
  6. Aug 1, 2016 #5
    Here you go.
    1. A Most Incomprehensible Thing: Notes Towards a Very Gentle Introduction to the Mathematics of Relativity by Collier
    2. Einstein's Theory: A Rigorous Introduction for the Mathematically Untrained by https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byl...s&field-author=Oyvind+Gron&sort=relevancerank
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