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Education in Relativity Theory

  1. Oct 24, 2010 #1
    I've been trying to teach myself some of the basics about relativity and other branches of physics theory, but I don't exactly know where to begin. I've read about and understand the basics, but I was wondering if you had suggestions: books, online articles, etc (undergraduate level, please!).

    Thanks so much.
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  3. Oct 24, 2010 #2


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    Good online stuff:

    http://www.oberlin.edu/physics/dstyer/Einstein/SRBook.pdf -- "Relativity for the Questioning Mind", nice Q&A style book

    http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Special_Relativity -- another good intro with a lot of helpful stuff about spacetime diagrams

    http://www.einstein-online.info/elementary and http://www.einstein-online.info/spotlights -- conceptual introductions to both special and general relativity

    http://www.upscale.utoronto.ca/PVB/Relativity.html -- Physics virtual bookshelf section on relativity, lots of good articles

    http://www.pitt.edu/~jdnorton/teaching/HPS_0410/index.html -- series of illustrated lectures, "Einstein for Everyone".

    For books, Relativity from A to B by Robert Geroch is a good conceptual intro, some good undergrad textbooks are https://www.amazon.com/dp/0393097935/?tag=pfamazon01-20 and https://www.amazon.com/dp/0716723271/?tag=pfamazon01-20, and https://www.amazon.com/dp/0521141001/?tag=pfamazon01-20 (haven't read this one yet as it just came out, but was admiring the illustrated approach in the sample pages on google books). For a popular introduction to the ideas of general relativity, https://www.amazon.com/dp/0393312763/?tag=pfamazon01-20 is very good.
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  4. Oct 24, 2010 #3
    Wow Jesse! That is very helpful :smile: Thanks!
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    I also really like Leonard Susskind's lectures on YouTube.
  7. Oct 25, 2010 #6
    Wow. This is really, really helpful! Thank you! I'm definitely going to try to wade my way through all that!
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