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The handbook of General Relativity,
This review is from: Gravitation (Physics Series) (Paperback)
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.