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Introduction to GR

  1. Jun 17, 2010 #1
    Can someone suggest a book along the lines of "space-time physics"(wheelerand taylor) which gives conceptual clarity to study (self) along with Schutz GR
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  3. Jun 17, 2010 #2
    Hartle, Gravity.

    Also, Taylor & Wheeler's Exploring Black Holes is a sort of sequel to Spacetime Physics.
  4. Jun 22, 2010 #3
    Also , what level of maths is a prerequisite ? I have studied calculus from Thomas and Finney and parts of ML Boas. Is it enough ? If what texts must I read .What further texts will aid my learning of this book as I plan to self study and dont have a teacher around.
  5. Jun 22, 2010 #4
    Multivariable calculus is sufficient for Hartle. He doesn't get into full tensor formulation until the last few chapters. But since you've studied out of Boas, that book has a chapter on tensors which you might find helpful to work through.
  6. Jun 22, 2010 #5
    And for Schutz ?
  7. Jun 22, 2010 #6
    Same really. Schutz teaches you everything you need at the very beginning and works through special relativity in that formalism. It might be helpful to review the linear algebra + tensor chapters in Boas just so you can move through the mathematics at a quicker pace and get to the physics.
  8. Jun 23, 2010 #7
    Special relativity: "A Traveller's Guide to Spacetime"
    General Relativity: "The Einstein theory of Relativity" by Lillian Lieber
    (the latter has also an excellent basic introduction to classic tensors
    and covariant differentiation)

    Then move to Hartle and Schutz.
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