Top Document: sci.physics Frequently Asked Questions (Part 1 of 4) Previous Document: Particle Physics Next Document: Mathematical Methods (so that even physicists can understand it!) See reader questions & answers on this topic!  Help others by sharing your knowledge 1] The telephone book, er, that is, MTW, Meisner, Thorne and Wheeler. The "bible". W. H. Freeman & Co., San Francisco 1973 2] Robert M. Wald, Space, Time, and Gravity : the Theory of the Big Bang and Black Holes. A good nontechnical introduction, with a nice mix of mathematical rigor and comprehensible physics. 3] Schutz: First Course in General Relativity. 4] Weinberg: Gravitation and Cosmology Good reference book, but not a very good read. 5] Hans Ohanian: Gravitation & Spacetime (recently back in print) For someone who actually wants to learn to work problems, ideal for selfteaching, and math is introduced as needed, rather than in a colossal blast. 6] Robert Wald, General Relativity It's a more advanced textbook than Wald's earlier book, appropriate for an introductory graduate course in GR. It strikes just the right balance, in my opinion, between mathematical rigor and physical intuition. It has great mathematics appendices for those who care about proving theorems carefully, and a good introduction to the problems behind quantum gravity (although not to their solutions). I think it's MUCH better than either MTW or Weinberg. User Contributions:Comment about this article, ask questions, or add new information about this topic:Top Document: sci.physics Frequently Asked Questions (Part 1 of 4) Previous Document: Particle Physics Next Document: Mathematical Methods (so that even physicists can understand it!) Part1  Part2  Part3  Part4  Single Page [ Usenet FAQs  Web FAQs  Documents  RFC Index ] Send corrections/additions to the FAQ Maintainer: columbus@osf.org (Michael Weiss)
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