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Gravitation Hardcover – October 24, 2017
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"Gravitation is a classic."--David Spergel, Princeton University
"Gravitation is the encyclopedic, definitive exposition of general relativity as of 1970. Any serious researcher of general relativity will want to have this book at hand."--Andrew Hamilton, University of Colorado, Boulder
"Gravitation has been a very influential book in the field, and it gives a remarkably thorough treatment of what's relevant in general relativity today."--Frans Pretorius, Princeton University
"This book is considered the Bible for everyone in the field of gravitation."--Alberto Vecchio, University of Birmingham
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The new foreword by David Kaiser lays out the history of the original, and also how this new edition came about.
The new preface by Messrs. Misner and Thorne gives some additional background of the work and also a chapter-by-chapter commentary on how advances in the gravitation field have impacted the material.
In summary, for a prospective purchaser of this monumental classic, this new 2017 Princeton University Press edition is the runaway top choice for quality AND price.
The student is often confronted with the unfamiliar notation of Einstein’s way of presenting differential geometry, and his General Theory. This same student who has not seen GR before, but who has taken college physics, and learned advanced calculus, feels familiar with the language of differential forms, tangent spaces, inner products, and manifolds … but often feels lost in the tensorial presentation. Do I already know this math? … Is there some vast theory I must master before even reading this material?
Wheeler et al. solve this problem by providing a bridge between all three perspectives and languages. So one can see the physical theory, the Einstein notation and the modern manifold presentation all connected, and all describing the same thing. Masterful.
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