A No-Nonsense Introduction to General Relativity
by Sean M. Carroll
Number of pages: 24
General relativity has a reputation of being extremely difficult. This introduction is a very pragmatic affair, intended to give you some immediate feel for the language of General Relativity. It does not substitute for a deep understanding -- that takes more work.
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by Gerard 't Hooft - Utrecht University
Contents: The Metric of Space and Time; Curved coordinates; A short introduction to General Relativity; Gravity; The Schwarzschild Solution; The Chandrasekhar Limit; Gravitational Collapse; The Reissner-Nordstrom Solution; Horizons; and more.
by Tevian Dray - Oregon State University
The manuscript emphasizes the use of differential forms, rather than tensors, which are barely mentioned. The focus is on the basic examples, namely the Schwarzschild black hole and the Friedmann-Robertson-Walker cosmological models.
by Clifford M. Will - arXiv
The status of experimental tests of general relativity and of theoretical frameworks for analyzing them are reviewed and updated. Tests of general relativity have reached high precision, including the light deflection, the Shapiro time delay, etc.
by Matthias Blau - Universitaet Bern
The first half of the book is dedicated to developing the machinery of tensor calculus and Riemannian geometry required to describe physics in a curved space time. We will then turn to various applications of General Relativity.