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Introductory GR

  1. Dec 22, 2008 #1
    So I was thinking about getting some textbook for self-study GR. I don't need to master it, I just wanted to get a look at it for the first time. Is there a particular textbook that anyone would recommend for me?

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  3. Dec 22, 2008 #2
    Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity
    by James B. Hartle

    This book focuses on the physics rather than the mathematical construction of GR (but it doesn't ignore it, I think!)

    There is also Sean Carroll's book: Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity. The first draft of the book is available for free at:
  4. Dec 22, 2008 #3


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    I've liked J L Martin's "General relativity:a first course for physicists". It is accurate on equivalence principle and gets one doing simple calculations very quickly.

    For free notes, apart from Carroll's mentioned by physlad, there are:

    Matthias Blau, http://www.blau.itp.unibe.ch/Lecturenotes.html
    NMJ Woodhouse, http://people.maths.ox.ac.uk/~nwoodh/
    Blandford and Thorne, http://www.pma.caltech.edu/Courses/ph136/yr2006/text.html
    Max Camenzind, http://www.lsw.uni-heidelberg.de/users/mcamenzi/
    Gerard 't Hooft http://www.phys.uu.nl/~thooft/lectures/gr.html
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    Sean Carroll

    Yes, Carroll's book is good. :smile:
  7. Dec 22, 2008 #6

    George Jones

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    Re: Sean Carroll

    To what level have you studied mathematics and physics?
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