It might be because I first learned much of general relativity from this book, but I think the explanations are clear and the authors don't get bogged down in details.
This makes the book a great starting point for new students. That said, there are a lot of typos in the book. There is one and half pages of corrections in the back of the book, and the notation that is used is sometimes a bit strange power spectrum, etc.
For me, I am more concerned about the concept and the intuition so these hiccups don't bother me too much. Bottom line: for those who want to learn GR as fast as possible using only high school calculus read Exploring Black Holes by Taylor and Wheeler. For those who want all the details and multiple perspectives on GR, read Gravitation by misner thorne wheeler.
Bridging the gap is this book. For someone wanting to get into the real workings of general relativity with only a background of multivariable and vector calculus, this is a perfect book. It's easy to read with a great method of introducing the material by showing you how to use it, then deriving it, which allows you to know the importance of why you are deriving it.
Problems at the end of each chapter. The only problem is finding the solutions, which can be found by searching for courses that are using the textbook, and happen to post homework solutions. I have this book along with the classic by Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler. Both are good, but I like the explanations in this book better. I think it benefits from being published in Physicists have learned how to explain General Relativity better.
Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler is 3 times thicker and covers more topics, but this is actually a distraction from learning the subject for the first time. Another advantage of being published in is that the quality of presentation has improved. The preliminary schedule can be found below Exercises Spring exercises Exercises set 1 solutions set 1 Exercises set 2 solutions set 2 Exercises set 3 The effect calculated in Ex. Schedule spring with presentations, times and dates , continuously updated Note the starting time.
Contact me in good time if you want to do this, before the 15th of August. Planned schedule: hand out of take home exam: Monday 19 August, due Monday 26 August Schedule and course contents The lectures are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Some misprints in second printing A book covering essentially the same topics but with a more American style boxes, different tracks, more storylike in places etc.
Possibly useful extra literature There are very many books on general relativity. Hobson, G. Efstathiou and A.
This book uses the lagrangian formalism throughout, if you know this then a useful complement for those who want to know more and it goes on to a number of very advanced topics. Edwin F. The advanced classics: Charles W. Misner, Kip S. Thorne, and John A. Wheeler, Gravitation, W.
Try searching for any of the following "general relativity" will give you much more than you want "General Relativity by Leonard Susskind" Both lower level and higher level lectures exist. Solutions to a number of the exercises can be found in the appendix of the first edition of the book. A similar set of solutions for the second edition is accessible via Schutz's homepage as FirstCourseGR2.
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