- Paperback: 340 pages
- Publisher: Incomprehensible Books; 2 edition (30 Jun. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0957389450
- ISBN-13: 978-0957389458
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 2 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Most Incomprehensible Thing: Notes Towards a Very Gentle Introduction to the Mathematics of Relativity Paperback – 30 Jun 2014
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Top Customer Reviews
In terms of the maths and physics, the book really does take you up to and beyond the General Relativity field equations, and give you an understanding of what they mean. Don't expect proofs of everything on the way, though there are some, and at least you get good hand-waving arguments for why equations have the form they do. The introduction to tensor calculus is particularly clear.
I very strongly recommend any academic writer to study this book carefully. It sets a new standard for how to write an easy-to-understand textbook.
There are a few typos in the formulae, though fewer than you normally get in a book like this, and none that get in the way of the understanding. I'd like to see some questions for the reader at the end of each chapter. It is very reassuring (though sometimes deceptively so) to be able to answer problems as you work through a book like this.
In my original review I criticised the rendering of the pictures in the Kindle edition. I am pleased to say that this glitch has been completely sorted out. I can now recommend this book either in Kindle or paper form.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having a short course in the necessary mathematics included in the book was a fantastic idea, and I'm very happy with it!Published 23 days ago by cubley
I will be able to read this book once have got a handle on tensors.Published 3 months ago by tony m
The title is the program : it's not one more book on relativity but a nicely-structured exposition of the mathematics underlying the major results of both the special and the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by André Gargoura
I did this many years ago at university and was puzzled about a lot of things in the course but like a lot of people I memorised the equations and passed the exam. Read morePublished 4 months ago by D.P. L.
I bought this book when I was getting ready to do an MSc in Astrophysics at UCL as a mature student having been away from maths and physics for over twenty years. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a present for Father's Day and it is great! When I got the book I was at a basic level of calculus, matrices and conics but this book was able to teach me what I needed... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
A simpler book on mathematics of relativity for non-physicists and physicists alike.Published 12 months ago by J Chin
A basic introduction. I ordered it to get used to some "index gymnastics". A nice book for the price.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not a mathematician still grasping the complexity of it gaining a few insights been taught that Gravity is a pulling force Einstein says no that's why I am studying it.Published 13 months ago by Bisc