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1. A First Course in General Relativity by Bernard Schutz | |
Hardcover: 410
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(2009-06-22)
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Excellent book for REALLY getting in to GR
Good introduction
good first book for learning general relativity
As easy as it can be
As the title says, a good 'First Course' |
2. Relativity: The Special and the General Theory (Classic Reprint) by Albert Einstein | |
Paperback: 166
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(2010-06-04)
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The Best Way to Discredit Any Work
This edition created by OCR, many errors!
be careful which copy you buy
Great book - Kindle edition readablity needs work (Driod only?)
Relativity Explained by the Master Himself |
3. Relativity: The Special and the General Theory, The Masterpiece Science Edition, by Albert Einstein | |
Paperback: 96
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(2005-11-22)
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Editorial Review Product Description Section 17.Space-Time Minkowski’s viewpoint represents a "geometrization" of relativity. These ideas have, over the years, come to the forefront: They reflect the perspective of the majority of physicists working in relativity today. Let us expand on this viewpoint.The fundamental notion is that of an event, which we think of as a physical occurrence having negligibly small extension in both space and time. That is, an event is "small and quick," such as the explosion of a firecracker or the snapping of your fingers. Now consider the collection of all possible events in the universe—all events that have ever happened, all that are happening now, and all that will ever happen; here and elsewhere. This collection is called space-time. It is the arena in which physics takes place in relativity.The idea is to recast all statements about goings-on in the physical world into geometrical structures within this space-time. In a similar vein, you might begin the study of plane geometry by introducing the notion of a point (analogous to an event) and assembling all possible points into the plane (analogous to space-time). This plane is the arena for plane geometry, and each statement that is part of plane geometry is to be cast as geometrical structure within this plane.This space-time is a once-and-for-all picture of the entire physical world. Nothing "happens" there; things just "are." A physical particle, for example, is described in the language of space-time by giving the locus of all events that occur "right at the particle." The result is a certain curve, or path, in space-time called the world-line of the particle. Don’t think of the particle as "traversing" its world-line in the same sense that a train traverses its tracks. Rather, the world-line represents, once and for all, the entire life history of the particle, from its birth to its death. The collision of two particles, for example, would be represented geometrically by the intersection of their world-lines. The point of intersection—a point common to both curves; an event that is "right at" both particles—represents the event of their collision. In a similar way, more complicated physical goings-on—an experiment in particle physics, for example, or a football game—are incorporated into the fabric of space-time.One example of "physical goings-on" is the reference frame that Einstein uses in his discussion of special relativity. How is this incorporated into space-time? The individuals within a particular reference frame assign four numbers, labeled x, y, z, t, to each event in space-time. The first three give the spatial location of the event according to these observers, the last the time of the event.These numbers completely and uniquely characterize the event. In geometrical terms, a frame of reference gives rise to a coordinate system on space-time. In a similar vein, in plane geometry a coordinate system assigns two numbers, x and y, to each point of the plane. These numbers completely and uniquely characterize that point. The statement "the plane is two-dimensional" means nothing more and nothing less than that precisely two numbers are required to locate each point in the plane.Similarly, "space-time is four-dimensional" means nothing more and nothing less than that precisely four numbers are required to locate each event in space-time. That is all there is to it! You now understand "four-dimensional space-time" as well as any physicist.Note that the introduction of four-dimensional space-time does not say that space and time are "equivalent" or "indistinguishable." Clearly, space and time are subjectively different entities. But a rather subtle mixing of them occurs in special relativity, making it convenient to introduce this single entity, space-time.In plane geometry, we may change coordinates, i.e., relabel the points. It is the same plane described in a different way (in that a given point is now represented by different numbers), just as the land represented by a map stays the same whether you use latitude/longitude or GPS coordinates. We can now determine formulae expressing the new coordinate-values for each point of the plane in terms of the old coordinate-values. Similarly, we may change coordinates in space-time, i.e., change the reference frame therein. And, again, we can determine formulae relating the new coordinate-values for each space-time event to the old coordinate-values for that event. This, from Minkowski’s geometrical viewpoint, is the substance of the Lorentz-transformation formulae in Section 11.A significant advantage of Minkowski’s viewpoint is that it is particularly well-adapted also to the general theory of relativity. We shall return to this geometrical viewpoint in our discussion of Section 27. Customer Reviews (11)
Who typset the math in this thing?
Like Science?
classic
very thin and concise, directly caught the point
Still confusing. . . |
4. General Relativity by Robert M. Wald | |
Paperback: 506
Pages
(1984-06-15)
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Editorial Review Product Description "A tour de force: lucid, straightforward, mathematically rigorous, exacting in the analysis of the theory in its physical aspect."--L. P. Hughston, Times Higher Education Supplement "Truly excellent. . . . A sophisticated text of manageable size that will probably be read by every student of relativity, astrophysics, and field theory for years to come."--James W. York, Physics Today Customer Reviews (22)
Can be used for self-study as a solid introduction to GR
One more time through General Relativity
Bob Wald's book
A beautiful book
excellent but beware of small books on large and complex topics |
5. General Relativity from A to B by Robert Geroch | |
Paperback: 233
Pages
(1981-03-15)
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Editorial Review Product Description "An imaginative and convincing new presentation of Einstein's theory of general relativity. . . . The treatment is masterful, continual emphasis being placed on careful discussion and motivation, with the aim of showing how physicists think and develop their ideas."--Choice Customer Reviews (7)
interesting nonmathematical take; sometimes poor motivation and contact with experiment
astonishing
Excellent Book
Verbal Description of General Relativity
A Grand First Step.Well, maybe a quarter step.. The chapters are organized very well and the writing is very good.To follow the text a certain degree of concentration is required because the diagrams need to be checked as one proceeds. This text is quite suitable for junior high and high school students not to mention college graduates who wish to know something beyond the cursory in relativity theory. I happened to come across this book at a used bookstore in 1979.Very few of my friends were even aware of this book.It was one of those sleepers so much so that a while back this volume had gone out of publication.However, now it's back, thank God. If you want a non-technical but quite thorough peek into Special Relativity get this book.If you are one of those who would prefer a tad more math and a less wordy introduction go with James A. Smith'sAn Introduction To Special Relativity, published by Dover. ... Read more |
6. General Relativity: An Introduction for Physicists by M. P. Hobson, G. P. Efstathiou, A. N. Lasenby | |
Hardcover: 590
Pages
(2006-03-27)
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big problems
Great Book
An excellent Introduction |
7. Introduction to General Relativity by Lewis Ryder | |
Hardcover: 458
Pages
(2009-07-06)
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8. Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity by Sean Carroll | |
Hardcover: 513
Pages
(2003-09-28)
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Great GR book to learn GR from
Wordy and Wonderful
BY FAR the best book on GR
A nice blend of the ideas of physics with mathematics
Great Book But Won't Get You To The Promised Land |
9. Introduction to General Relativity by John Dirk Walecka | |
Hardcover: 356
Pages
(2007-05-16)
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A good first book on general relativity |
10. General Theory of Relativity by P. A.M. Dirac | |
Paperback: 68
Pages
(1996-01-08)
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GR in 2 pages per Chapter
one of the most important surveys on general relativity already published
A pleasant way to review differential geometry
You hear him speak
Crash course in Diff. Geometry aspects of General Relativity |
11. Advanced Mechanics and General Relativity by Joel Franklin | |
Hardcover: 384
Pages
(2010-08-01)
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12. General Relativity: With Applications to Astrophysics (Theoretical and Mathematical Physics) by Norbert Straumann | |
Paperback: 674
Pages
(2010-11-02)
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Editorial Review Product Description The foundations are thoroughly developed together with the required mathematical background from differential geometry developed in Part III. The author also discusses the tests of general relativity in detail, including binary pulsars, with much space is devoted to the study of compact objects, especially to neutron stars and to the basic laws of black-hole physics. This well-structured text and reference enables readers to easily navigate through the various sections as best matches their backgrounds and perspectives, whether mathematical, physical or astronomical. Very applications oriented, the text includes very recent results, such as the supermassive black-hole in our galaxy and first double pulsar system Customer Reviews (1)
A Masterpiece |
13. Partial Differential Equations in General Relativity (Oxford Graduate Texts in Mathematics) by Alan Rendall | |
Hardcover: 352
Pages
(2008-06-09)
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14. Relativity: Special, General, and Cosmological by Wolfgang Rindler | |
Paperback: 448
Pages
(2006-06-01)
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Unavoidable
Great Delivery Speed
no explanation of tensors, co-variance, etc.
One of the worst text on GR
Whoosh |
15. Exploring Black Holes: Introduction to General Relativity by Edwin F. Taylor, John Archibald Wheeler | |
Hardcover: 352
Pages
(2000-07-22)
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A nice introduction to General Relativity
A Breakthrough in Undergraduate Texts
Good book if you like mathematics!
Amazing Introduction to a Very Esoteric Subject
Excellent delivery! |
16. General Relativity and Gravitation:One Hundred Years After the Birth of Albert Einstein. Volume 2 | |
Hardcover: 540
Pages
(1980-05-01)
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17. Gravity from the Ground Up: An Introductory Guide to Gravity and General Relativity by Bernard Schutz | |
Hardcover: 488
Pages
(2003-11-30)
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Great intro to all advanced topics
binary stars, neutron stars, black holes
Too much for amateur scientist
Gravity
A real treasure |
18. The Manga Guide to Relativity (Manga Guide To...) by Masafumi Yamamoto, Keita Takatsu, Hideo Nitta, Trend-Pro Co. Ltd. | |
Paperback: 220
Pages
(2010-12-15)
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Editorial Review Product Description This latest offering in No Starch Press's highly acclaimed EduManga series, The Manga Guide to Relativity, uses Japanese comics, clear explanations, and a charming storyline to gently introduce you to relativity. The book follows the plight of student body president Minagi, who's been sentenced to advanced physics summer school by his creepy principal. Fortunately, Minagi has the gorgeous Miss Uraga to teach him everything. The Manga Guide to Relativity begins with an overview of classical Newtonian physics before delving into Einstein's greatest discoveries. You'll learn why relativity is fundamental to understanding modern physics, how the Pythagorean theorem can explain time dilation, how to understand inertial frames of reference, how motion can affect an object's mass and length, and even how gravity can bend light. The book also explores the difference between general and special relativity, the equivalence principle, and the relationship between energy and mass, among other related topics. This EduManga title is co-published with Ohmsha, Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan, and is one in a series of translations from Ohmsha's bestselling Japanese originals. |
19. Exact Space-Times in Einstein's General Relativity (Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics) by Jerry B. Griffiths, Jirí Podolský | |
Hardcover: 544
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(2009-11-16)
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20. Lecture Notes on the General Theory of Relativity: From Newtons Attractive Gravity to the Repulsive Gravity of Vacuum Energy (Lecture Notes in Physics) by Øyvind Grøn | |
Hardcover: 252
Pages
(2009-04-20)
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Editorial Review Product Description This book is the result of more than twenty years of lecturing a master course on the General Theory of Relativity at the University of Oslo, Norway, by Dr. Øyvind Grøn. The text has been continuously updated by Dr. Grøn and is written so students can follow the deductions all the way throughout the book. The conceptual content of the general theory of relativity is presented briefly but reasonably and completely. Both bachelor students and master students will find the text useful as the manuscript is organized to easily find the topics one wants to read about, with separate lists of contents, figures, definitions, examples, and an index. Customer Reviews (1)
Some serious errors in describing the General Relativity! |
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