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Theory of Relativity (The international series of monographs on physics) Hardcover – March 30, 1972


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  • Series: The international series of monographs on physics
  • Hardcover: 572 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2nd edition (March 30, 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198512562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198512561
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,100,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By F. J. Ferrandis on January 5, 2006
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In spite of being an old textbook, published originally in 1952, this is one of the best introductory textbooks to both special and general relativity. It is far superior than many textbooks on the topic that have been published later. This is one of the five textbooks on special relativity cited by Steven Weinberg in his classic "Gravitation and Cosmology". The author achieves a balance between clarity and completness that is missing in many other textbooks. For instance equations for the Lorentz transformations, velocity and force transformations are given in tridimensional notation and proved in simple terms. I recommend this textbook as one of the best introductions to Special Relativity. On the other hand, the part of the book discussing general relativity is a little outdated even tough correct.
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This is a classic exposition of relativity at the advanced undergraduate/graduate level. Sure, it was published in 1952, and it shows, here and there, but then, many important aspects of the subject that are no longer fashionable, are dealt with here thoroughly. I bought a used copy, and received it at the same time with several other modern books - it is so sad to see how cheap and ridiculous today's printing has become, and how marvelous books could be back then. This is a splendid copy, that sixty years later opens flat, and the pages are still bound together by stiches, not cheap glues. You can also find it in a cheap reprint, but if you can get your hands on one of the originals you will not regret it - they just don't make them like this anymore.
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