A First Course in General RelativityGeneral relativity has become one of the central pillars of theoretical physics, with important applications in both astrophysics and highenergy particle physics, and no modern theoretical physicist's education should be regarded as complete without some study of the subject. This textbook, based on the author's own undergraduate teaching, develops general relativity and its associated mathematics from a minimum of prerequisites, leading to a physical understanding of the theory in some depth. It reinforces this understanding by making a detailed study of the theory's most important applications  neutron stars, black holes, gravitational waves, and cosmology  using the most uptodate astronomical developments. The book is suitable for a oneyear course for beginning graduate students or for undergraduates in physics who have studied special relativity, vector calculus, and electrostatics. Graduate students should be able to use the book selectively for halfyear courses. 
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User Review  Erik  GoodreadsProbably not a good textbook (as it is advertised) but a good reference and guide for physical clarity and intuition. Builds from SR to GR step by step. Read full review
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Contents
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IV  5 
V  6 
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VII  10 
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acceleration algebra angular momentum arbitrary axis basis vectors black hole calculate called Christoffel symbols clock components conservation const constant coordinate system covariant derivative curvature curve defined definition Derive Eq differential direction discussion distance Einstein Einstein's equations energy Euclidean space Exer flat fluid element flux fourmomentum fourvelocity frame G freely falling function galaxies gauge geodesic geometry gives gradient gravitational field gravitational waves horizon hyperbolae implies independent inertial frame integral inverse line element linear Lorentz transformation manifold matrix MCRF measured metric tensor Misner Newtonian notation null number density observer oneform orbit orthogonal oscillator parameter particle photon physical plane polar coordinates radiation radius real number redshift relative relativistic rest mass rotation scalar Schwarzschild Schwarzschild metric Show sin2 solution spacetime diagram spatial speed sphere star stressenergy tensor surface tangent theory timelike trajectory unit vanish velocity world line zero
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Page 359  The theory of separability of the HamiltonJacobi equation and its applications to general relativity.