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An Accessible (to the layman) Introduction to the Mathematics of Relativity
on 11 July 2017
I was really tempted to give this very good book five stars but refrained from doing so because I think there are improvements that can be made. These 'improvements' are only small however and the overall idea, structure and content are all excellent (so far). No I haven't finished yet, but I'm thoroughly enjoying studying (you have to try - quite a bit sometimes) this intriguing subject. The author (I think of him as my clever friend Peter now) introduces all the required mathematics at the beginning in good simple (as possible) terms with plenty of worked examples. There's plenty more mathematics in the rest of the book which I found superb; it's great to know what a Lorenz transformation is and how to work it out as well as other esoteric terms like geodesic, tensor, manifold and metric etc. If you've studied mathematics to age 18 (i.e. 'A' level here in the UK) you'll enjoy this book. Of course anyone can read it as Peter assumes little prior knowledge but you'll have to work that bit harder. Overall a wonderful book that does what it says and plugs the gap between popular descriptions of relativity and undergraduate texts. At the price amazing value for money.