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on 14 June 2017
Shipment date on time and quality book according expectation
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VINE VOICEon 25 September 2006
The derivations in this book are well-presented.Indeed, this book as a whole is well-presented.But it would be wholly wrong to say that tensor calculus and its foundations is a tedious area of maths which must be skipped through as quickly as possible in a relativity textbook.Tensor calculus is the essence of the theory of relativity, and it is quite a disgrace that relativity textbooks treat relativity in a way whioch does not seem to go into all the prerequisites of tensors ,their origin , and evolution.I myself have sat through graduate-level relativity classes in which students have come out with wholly erroneous assertions as to what a tensor is.I have come to the point of being sick of listening to such assertions from students and such glib assertions from writers of textbooks.This book is nowhere near as good as Callahan's book ,but does have some useful stuff re the calculus of variations, not featured in Callahan.But all relativity textbooks seem to feature this lack of aquiantance with the basics of differential geometry.This must be remedied.I think students must read Callahan, and a book like Borisenko and Tarapov, before approaching this book,which is a useful relativity book with the usual defficiencies.
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on 17 November 2013
This is an excellent book from which to learn general relativity. It covers all the central and important parts of the subject with just the right level of mathematical precision for a book of physics.
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on 25 March 2001
I can heartily recommend this book for all sorts of reasons. The first thing that strikes you is the layout. There is lots of space allowing derivations to be followed easily. Important equations are highlighted and referenced well. There are over 200 clear and informative illustrations (a great help when tackling such a geometric subject). And advanced material is clearly marked. This is very helpful as it allows the book to cater for varying depths of study. For those simply wanting to understand the basics, the advanced material can be skipped without making the later parts of the book (which are the most interesting) hard to follow.
The author has a talent for teaching and explains the concepts very well, taking you gently through what can appear at first quite daunting derivations. Although the first section covers the basics of special relativity, the student studying only special relativity would be better finding a more specific textbook as this one really comes into its own developing the general theory. The second section covers tensors (a necessary, if somewhat tedious, element to general relativity). The third tackles general relativity proper. The last three sections deal with the three main applications of the theory: black holes, gravity waves and cosmology (eg. big bang theories).
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on 3 January 2016
Still reading. I think Einsteins thought experiments with trains and light clocks is intuitvely simpler than the k calculus. Got a lot more to read yet.
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on 18 January 2011
I bought this item as a christmas present for my sister who is studying physics at university. I ordered it quite late so I was very pleased when it arrived on time. Quality was good and the price was reasonable.
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