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This is a thread for collective learning of the classical (i.e. non-quantum) theory of Gravity-----which means General Relativity.

Reference material is Chapter 2 (pages 21-71) of Rovelli's book

"Quantum Gravity" and John Baez GR Tutorial

The title of Rovelli's book notwithstanding, the first half of the book develops classical relativity and a portion of ordinary quantum mechanics. The development of Loop Quantum Gravity starts in the second half, around page 160. So the book's first half provides a convenient modern synopsis including an interesting philosophical take on General Relativity. Rovelli's August 2003 draft is online:

http://www.cpt.univ-mrs.fr/~rovelli/book.pdf

I'm going to try to paraphrase some stuff out of Rovelli Chapter 2, the modern treatment of GR, and use Baez, which is the old-fashioned exposition in a light style, for backup references if and where needed. If you are learning GR and using these materials, ask questions. Baez GR tutorial links are:

General Relativity Tutorial: Short Course Outline

http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/gr/outline1.html

Long Course Outline

http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/gr/outline2.html

Oz stories of General Relativity

http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/gr/oz1.html

The Meaning of Einstein's Equation

http://www.math.ucr.edu/home/baez/einstein.html [Broken]

Reference material is Chapter 2 (pages 21-71) of Rovelli's book

"Quantum Gravity" and John Baez GR Tutorial

The title of Rovelli's book notwithstanding, the first half of the book develops classical relativity and a portion of ordinary quantum mechanics. The development of Loop Quantum Gravity starts in the second half, around page 160. So the book's first half provides a convenient modern synopsis including an interesting philosophical take on General Relativity. Rovelli's August 2003 draft is online:

http://www.cpt.univ-mrs.fr/~rovelli/book.pdf

I'm going to try to paraphrase some stuff out of Rovelli Chapter 2, the modern treatment of GR, and use Baez, which is the old-fashioned exposition in a light style, for backup references if and where needed. If you are learning GR and using these materials, ask questions. Baez GR tutorial links are:

General Relativity Tutorial: Short Course Outline

http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/gr/outline1.html

Long Course Outline

http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/gr/outline2.html

Oz stories of General Relativity

http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/gr/oz1.html

The Meaning of Einstein's Equation

http://www.math.ucr.edu/home/baez/einstein.html [Broken]

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