- Series: Dover Books on Mathematics
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; Revised ed. edition (April 1, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486658406
- ISBN-13: 978-0486658407
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tensors, Differential Forms, and Variational Principles (Dover Books on Mathematics) Revised ed. Edition
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It's well written in general context. Everything is motivated and follows logically. I think the book is perfect so far.
It presents the "mathematics of GR" in a very procedural manner. In a sense that it is always clear what we are trying to define, why we are doing so, and how to do it. Start by defining then requiring "orthogonal transformations" for all coordinate transformations. Define scalers, vectors, co-vectors, etc. by how they respond under these transformations. Build calculus and whatever else from these definitions. Everything else follows accordingly.
Again, it's an excellent text written with clarity. Definitely a must if looking at GR and tensor analysis for the first time (or 2nd time. Or maybe even 3rd).
This is an addition to my previous comment. The author could have used matrix algebra to simply many derivations. The book could be much shorter and easier to read, in my opinion.
I would not recommend this to the casual mathematician but for the serious student it could be very helpful
Dr. R. L. Pendleton
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