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on June 4, 2001
... the discussion is filled with too many useless ramblings (either in track-1 or track-2)...[and] it almost doesn't teach us global methods. Global methods are extremely important to study singularities and black hole structures.
If you want to get a good view in general relativity, I strongly suggest the following: study deeply differential geometry and topology first (from James Munkres, Kobayashi, Eisenhart, or Hocking's book, etc.), read P.A.M Dirac's little book "General Relativity", and finally combine your forces on Robert Wald's "General Relativity" + Hawking's "The Large-Scale Structure of Space-time". If you do the above intellectual workouts, I guarantee that you can master general relativity thoroughly.
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on December 1, 2009
I am a retired EE professor, interested in learning something about general relativity in order to apply it to the foundations of electromagnetic field theory.

Frankly, this book reads like a series of powerpoint slides in a presentation in support of a grant application.

There is very little of rigor here. The basic concept of a tensor is given a very glossy treatment. "A tensor is a machine that accepts a vector here, and a one-form there, and grinds out---"

I have no problem with colorful language, but these authors never really progress beyond that, treating their topic without any semblance of rigor in a mathematical sense.

I felt that my dollars spent on this book were wasted.
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