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Need a good book

  1. Feb 3, 2010 #1
    Hey i was wondering if someone could help me out here,

    Im trying to find a book to read which will give me the amount of understanding an undergrad physics student would have in general relativity. I'm looking for a book that doesn't just go over the theories but also goes into the mathematical details.

    any suggestions??

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  3. Feb 3, 2010 #2


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    J. B. Hartle, “Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein’s General Relativity“, Addison Wesley (2002).
  4. Feb 3, 2010 #3


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    In my opinion Schutz's book is the best for undergraduate GR. Carroll is good too, but might be a bid too advanced.
  5. Feb 4, 2010 #4


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    Schutz is a good introduction. I haven't read Hartle. If you want the mathematical details, you should get Wald as well. If money isn't an issue, buy an "easy" book and Wald.
  6. Feb 4, 2010 #5
    thanks for the replys!

    im probably going to check out all of the books above and see which i like the best
  7. Feb 5, 2010 #6
    Definitely Hartle. He teaches as much Physics as possible without frontloading the book with Riemannian geometry.
  8. Feb 7, 2010 #7
    You could try General Relativity: An Introduction for Physicists by M. P. Hobson, G. P. Efstathiou, and A. N. Lasenby. I haven't read it yet, though.
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