Hi, can anyone recommend any good books about special and general relativity for novices?
Popsci books? Or actual textbooks?
If you mean actual textbooks, then what is your knowledge of math and physics?
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.
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.
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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