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I want to learn General Relativity so I am looking for a good beginners book with low amounts of math and clear explanations. Any suggestions?
I suggest you need to focus on SR and first try to understand the basic ideas of spacetime. There's no point in looking at GR until you have to some extent mastered SR.BadgerBadger92 said:I want to learn General Relativity so I am looking for a good beginners book with low amounts of math and clear explanations. Any suggestions?
Not the same Adler as in Adler Bazin Schiffer. Just sayin'.vanhees71 said:R. J. Adler, General Relativity and Cosmology: A First Encounter, Springer Nature Switzerland, Cham (2021)
Actually, I was wrong. It's the same Adler. The Amazon page of the new book says "...He is the co-author of a classic textbook on general relativity and has devoted over half a century to teaching physics students at a number of universities. ..."vanhees71 said:Interesting. How do you know? Both authors' first name is Ronald... BTW this older book is also very good, but definitely more at the graduate level:
R. Adler, M. Bazin and M. Schiffer, Introduction to general
relativity, McGraw-Hill Inc., New York, 2 edn. (1975).
I agree with others that you should get an understanding of Special Relativity first, and then move on to General Relativity.BadgerBadger92 said:I want to learn General Relativity so I am looking for a good beginners book with low amounts of math and clear explanations. Any suggestions?
General relativity is a theory of gravity developed by Albert Einstein in the early 20th century. It describes how massive objects in the universe interact with each other and how they affect the fabric of space and time.
General relativity is a fundamental theory in physics and has important implications for our understanding of the universe. It has been tested and verified through numerous experiments and observations, and has led to advancements in fields such as cosmology and astrophysics.
Some popular beginner's books on general relativity include "A Brief History of Time" by Stephen Hawking, "Introducing Einstein's Relativity" by Ray d'Inverno, and "The Elegant Universe" by Brian Greene. These books provide a clear and accessible introduction to the concepts of general relativity.
While a basic understanding of math is helpful in understanding general relativity, it is not necessary to have a strong background in math. Many beginner's books on general relativity explain the concepts using simple and intuitive examples, making it accessible to a wide range of readers.
Yes, it is possible to learn general relativity without a formal education in physics. Many beginner's books on the subject are written for a general audience and do not require advanced knowledge of physics. However, a basic understanding of scientific concepts and critical thinking skills will be helpful in fully grasping the concepts of general relativity.