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Is tensor algebra required

  1. Aug 31, 2006 #1
    Please tell me if tensor algebra is neccesary for understanding GR.
    I dont know anything about tensor algebra.

    Thanks in anticipation

    Abhishek Jain
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 31, 2006 #2
    Yes. In fact you'll need tensor calculus. Many GR books introduce the necessary math. See some of the threads about GR books for pointers.

    In their book Exploring Black Holes, Taylor & Wheeler work out some of the physics of black holes by starting with the Schwartzschild metric as a fait accompli, so they don't have to introduce tensor calculus. (The derivation is done in almost any book on GR and does require an understanding of tensor calculus.) I think they assume a knowledge of SR, though; their discussion of SR is pretty brief. So you may want to work through their book Spacetime Physics first.
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