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B Can someone really learn relativity theory in an amateur way

  1. Nov 18, 2016 #1
    What knowledge based are needed in relativity theory, not general public science education level, but true and mathematically.
    I have calculus and linear algebra education in university, Chinese engineering degree, quite rigorous in math education. Can I actually pick up relativity theory myself now?
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  3. Nov 18, 2016 #2


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    Calculus and linear algebra should be enough prerequisites in order to start understanding special relativity. The assumption is of course that you sit down with and work through a good textbook on the subject.
  4. Nov 18, 2016 #3


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    Hi modeler, welcome to PF!

    Yes, your math background is sufficient for special relativity. For general relativity you will need to learn tensors, which are not too difficult but the notation is a bit odd at first.
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