Hello, I was wondering if any of you can suggest some good introductory textbooks on GR around the graduate level. Thank you for your time. Yours Truly, TK.
I'd suggest consulting the booklist at http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/Administrivia/rel_booklist.html which is broken down by category.
Students at KUL learn GR following Ray Inverno's "Introducing Einstein's Relativity"...Elementary book.Covers the basics up until cosmological models & charged BH. Daniel.
That list hasn't been updated in a while though--two more recent books that aren't on the list are Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity by James Hartle and Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity by Sean Carroll--you can see the lecture notes that were the basis for the second book at http://www.arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/9712019
No offense,but he (the OP) specifically said "good introductory textbooks on GR around the graduate level".Let's not go to Hartle,Carroll & Wald. Dirac's 70 pages book is perfect for getting to know GR without diff.geom... Field theorists such as Pauli,Feynman & Weinberg wrote good books on GR,too. Daniel.
Well, you're right that Hartle's seems to be aimed at undergrads, but Carroll's is supposed to be for "advanced undergraduates and graduate students" (the notes the book was based on were from a graduate-level course), and Wald's also seems to be graduate-level according to this thread.
I'm a graduate student, and i learned GR from d'Inverno, but also from the text of Sean Carroll, which is very good! And ofcourse, being a dutch student, Gerard 't Hooft also wrote a nice introductory. You can find his lecture notes on the site of his university (at utrecht )
Do you want a good introductory book that explains the standard theory with plenty of examples, and then is also open to heterodox interpretations of the cosmological data? Try "An Introduction to Cosmology" (3rd Ed.) Jayant Narlikar CUP 2002 (1st Ed.) ISBN 0 521 79028X Garth