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Understanding Einstein Field equations?

  1. May 29, 2015 #1
    Hello dear Physicists,

    I am very curious about understanding the math and the nature properties of the Einstein Field Equations.What I need to know is,what concrete mathematical operations I need to know and understand,and have experience with to understend this theory.I'm a quick learner and one of the best young physicists in my country. But the curiosity never ends.

    Thank you very much.
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  3. May 29, 2015 #2
    You should have some familiarity with Tensor calculus, Reimannian geometry, and Lagrangian mechanics, and all the math those subjects entail. I think that's enough to get going, but others might have more suggestions.
  4. May 29, 2015 #3


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    It's all down to pseudo-Riemannian geometry. Sort of.

    Schaum's Outline "Differential Geometry"
    Synge and Schild "Tensor Calculus"
    Papapetrou "Lectures on General Relativity"
    Weinberg "Gravitation and Cosmology"

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  5. May 30, 2015 #4
    Thanks man,but the Papapetrou book is too expensive,do you have any similar replacement ?
  6. Jun 1, 2015 #5


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    Used books?

    Text books are expensive. There isn't much to be done about it. It is a problem of relatively small numbers of copies sold combined with expense of type-setting equations. You are unlikely to find a cheap version of such a text that is very useful.

    Maybe one of the on-line university courses will be helpful. I have not done them lately so the only link I have is this one.


    I don't know if they even have a general relativity course. But that is the idea of what I am talking about. I think MIT has some on-line classes for free or for cheap.
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