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Relativity Prereq for Will: Theory and Experiment in Gravitational Phys

  1. Aug 3, 2015 #1
    Hi, I'm wondering how much prior knowledge I would need to get a lot out of this book. I'm considering taking an undergraduate General Relativity course next semester to help me learn parts of this book. I have some basic experience with curvilinear coords/tensor analysis along with a brief understanding of GR and cosmology from a couple seminars I attended.

    Has anyone read parts of this book? It seems to be an extremely important reference for modern research in GR. The preface states that it can be used as a graduate textbook, but I get the feeling that it couldn't be used as an introduction, even for a grad course.

    Theory and Experiment in Gravitational Physics
    Author: Clifford M. Will
    Date Published: March 1993

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    Also, I'm wondering if anyone knows of other good books for an intro to the PPN formalism for gravity.
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2015
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  3. Aug 5, 2015 #2


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    You definitely need to have taken a graduate sequence in GR in order to get anything out of Cliff Will's book. It's a brilliant book and I've used it as a reference for research a handful of times but it's definitely not a pedagogical text.

    As for an introduction to PPN, I would recommend Poisson and Will.
  4. Aug 6, 2015 #3
    Thanks! that's exactly what I was looking for
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