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on 28 July 1998
The world would be less beautiful if this book didn't exist. What a remarkable feat! The sequence that leads from the very basic concept of spacetime to the computation of the components of Riemann tensor by using forms and the Cartan equations is unparalleled. A lot of mathematical formulas follow from simple reasoning and ... drawings! The introduction of Schild's ladder to motivate the axioms for a (torsionless) connection is very clever. The introduction of curvature by means of geodesic deviation is very intuitive. The derivation of the expression for the geodesic deviation (and, consequently, of the expression for the Riemann tensor) is, again, completely intuitive. The chapter on spinors is very beautiful and useful. Still, I would never recommend this book for a beginner. For it is absolutely non-linear. I have been told that this corresponds to the ideas of Wheeler's concerning learning. Sometimes an argument at chapter 4 (say) depends on something that is intr! oduced in chapter 8. Also, the three tracks (first, second and boxes)interfere all the time, requiring much discipline from the reader. If, however, you already learned the basics (for instance, in Landau, Lifshitz), so that you know what you are looking for, "Gravitation" is unbeatable, of a class apart. I've seen mathematicians adopting the language introduced by them to explain tensors: a slot for each argument of the multilinear machine! Last, not the least, the Index and the References are of the highest quality. This shows respect for the readers. Drs. Misner, Thorne and Wheeler are to be congratulated.
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on 20 May 2001
I recognise "Gravitation" is not the best mathematical exposition of General Relativity, it is also 27 years old. Nevertheless, it is the best reference book if it goes with other more elementary texts, like B.Schutz, or with other approach, like Weinberg. "Gravitation" is huge, great, comprehensive, practically complete and has glossy paper. It must be in every theoretical physicist assortment. I recommend it not for beginners, but for those who have learnt at least a little about Relativity and Differential Geometry. It treats with:
- Review of Special Relativity - Flat elementary Differential Geometry. - Electromagnetism and Differential forms. - The Stress-Energy tensor. - Newtonian gravity. - Differential and Riemannian Geometry (a special approach for physicists). - Equivalence principle and field equation. - Variational principles. - Classical Physics in curved spacetimes. - Relativistic stars. - Cosmology - Schwarzschild solution and black holes. - Global techniques and singularities (a little, for this I recommend Wald's book). - Gravitational waves. - Experimental tests. - Mathematical frontiers.
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on 13 July 1997
Not for the Novice or weak of heart!! The Only book in any field that weighs as much as its subject!! Its HUGE!! The paper is the slick heavy type that adds tremendously to its weight and of course, lifetime use is not unusual. It's Multi-level approach is unique and the content is very well thought out. It is the Primary Textbook in this field at the Graduate Level.

Prerequisites: Geometry of Mathematical Physics by Schutz(Cambridge U Press), Graduate Mechanics and Electrodynamics.
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on 30 December 1995
I do not know how Misner, Wheeler and Thorne did it. A
once in a lifetime achievement. Pray that some day another
group of brilliant minds updates this. And you can use it
to improve your upper body strenth, too!
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on 25 November 2013
This textbook is wonderful -- there's a reason it's referred to as "the bible" or gravitation astrophysics, and it's not just because of its size and heft. All graduate students in theoretical astrophysics need this textbook.
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on 23 May 1998
The authors are leading experts on gravitational theory and this book is a comphrensive treatment of the field up to the developments to 1970, they write in a vivid, humourous manner, and spiced with stories, illustrations and wisdoms. It is a little bit too wordy though, which results in the unusually huge volume, I usually consult Wald when looking for some particular subject, and if treatments there are too terse to be understood, this book is a good better for help.
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on 24 March 1998
This is the greatest source of information ever constructed concerning the modern, relativistic perspective of the universe. Definitely not for the average individual who attempts to understand the entirety of spacetime by reading Scientific American. A mathematical achievement beyond words.
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on 8 December 2007
This is not a book of general relativity, it is the book of relativity! It is clear, really stimulating and all comprehensive.
It is written in a very peculiar and colourful style, perhaps it is not the best choice in order to learn quickly the subject nor for quick reference. If you want to really understand and appreciate general relativity, well then here you come.
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on 14 November 1997
I think this is the best book in Gravitation made ever. It's clear, with a lot of clarifying pictures and a lot of references. The only problem is that is so huge that you will spend hours and hours trying to read it, but you will learn really a lot about the physical ideas behind the mathematical stuff.
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on 17 November 2013
No serious student of general relativity or cosmology could be without a copy of MTW. In over a thousand pages, the authors address a huge range of topics. However, it is not an ideal introductory account (try D'Inverno), it is unnecessarily verbose in places (a lot of places), and it is insufficiently rigorous to satisfy anyone with a mathematical bent.
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