This Unique Textbook Provides An Accessible Introduction To Einstein S General Theory Of Relativity, A Subject Of Breathtaking Beauty And Supreme Importance In Physics With His Trademark Blend Of Wit And Incisiveness, A Zee Guides Readers From The Fundamentals Of Newtonian Mechanics To The Most Exciting Frontiers Of Research Today, Including De Sitter And Anti De Sitter Spacetimes, Kaluza Klein Theory, And Brane Worlds Unlike Other Books On Einstein Gravity, This Book Emphasizes The Action Principle And Group Theory As Guides In Constructing Physical Theories Zee Treats Various Topics In A Spiral Style That Is Easy On Beginners, And Includes Anecdotes From The History Of Physics That Will Appeal To Students And Experts Alike He Takes A Friendly Approach To The Required Mathematics, Yet Does Not Shy Away From Advanced Mathematical Topics Such As Differential Forms The Extensive Discussion Of Black Holes Includes Rotating And Extremal Black Holes And Hawking Radiation The Ideal Textbook For Undergraduate And Graduate Students, Einstein Gravity In A Nutshell Also Provides An Essential Resource For Professional Physicists And Is Accessible To Anyone Familiar With Classical Mechanics And Electromagnetism It Features Numerous Exercises As Well As Detailed Appendices Covering A Multitude Of Topics Not Readily Found Elsewhere Provides An Accessible Introduction To Einstein S General Theory Of Relativity Guides Readers From Newtonian Mechanics To The Frontiers Of Modern Research Emphasizes Symmetry And The Einstein Hilbert Action Covers Topics Not Found In Standard Textbooks On Einstein Gravity Includes Interesting Historical Asides Features Numerous Exercises And Detailed Appendices Ideal For Students, Physicists, And Scientifically Minded Lay Readers Solutions Manual Available Only To Teachers

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I ve self studied 70 pages so far and the book is indeed exciting and amazingly well written BUT as always the manual of solutions is only for teachers Sincerely I do not understand why someone who studies the book me and therefore is supposed to have problems to solve the exercises can t get a solutions book, and, on the contrary, the professors, supposed connoisseurs of this subject, can.Someday somebody will explain this paradox to me solutions for teachers and NOT for students who try to self studie this diffcult subject Strange world indeed.Llevo 70 p ginas y el libro en efecto es apasionante peeeeero como siempre el manual de soluciones es solo para profesores Sinceramente yo no entiendo por qu alguien que estudia el libro yo y por tanto se supone que necesita conocer si hace bien o no los ejercicios no tiene libro Y los profesores, supuestos conocedores de esta materia, s lo tienen.A m que alguien me lo explique

Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell had some problems The book was for a very small segment of people and completely useless to others It was basically A quick look at QFT for those who already know QFT If you didn t know physics, you would get stuck at page 1 If you didn t have a BS in Physics, you wouldn t get past page 10 If you didn t know QFT yet but are ready to take it, you wouldn t get past page 25 The book is too brief to learn anything from Too many equations seem to be pulled out of a hat If you knew QFT already, you would absolutely love the book.This book really took the same enjoyable style and presentation, but alleviated this above problem of Zee s previous book This book teaches you everything that you need to know to learn GR from scratch You could read this book with only a year or two of physics and make some serious progress If you are ready to learn GR, this book will thoroughly teach you GR The same could not be said about QFT Nut.All in all, this is one of my favorite books A must buy for anybody learning GR.

There may be professional books on Einstein s Relativity than this one, but of the seven or I have reviewed here on , at least for my needs, none come with the heavy pedagogical investment, motivation, intent and nuance needed to help the reader grasp and hold on to all the relevant concepts that lead quickly to the grand finale of Einstein s Gravity.Whenever I completed the other books, I always had a scintilla of doubt and worry that my foundation was still shaky and very loosely grounded Especially with regard to having the proper understanding of the transformational properties of tensors.With a strong course in Linear Algebra 56 years ago, one can be fooled into believing that that alone is sufficient background And it would have been sufficient if I had gotten everything there was to understand about Linear Algebra at the time However, with the horrible text books on that subject, how can one ever be sure The author s drills in the proper understanding of rotations and transformations early on, for me, was the key to fully understanding tensors, the workhorse of relativity both the Special and the General.As well, even though I understood the importance of the Lorenz invariance in 3 space, I used what little knowledge I had of Linear Algebra to make an unwarranted logical and mistaken conceptual leap into tensors, and thus into 4 space and above believing, without fully understanding them, that the mathematical formalisms of tensors would take up the slack in my lack of understanding.It did not Because, in important ways, I fumbled the ball by understanding the mathematical formalisms without fully understanding the underlying concepts.Let no one fool you tensors are a whole new ballgame unto themselves, not just in bookkeeping, but also in the conceptual and transformational work they are deployed to do.For instance, here there are at least three roads to fully understanding tensors 1 as a way of moving beyond coordinate geometry by generalizing distance through an expansion of Pythagorean s theorem 2 by over understanding that everything in curved space is about linear transformations, and 3 being able to appreciate that in a sufficiently stable neighborhood, the tangent to a curve measures distance and curvature about as well as coordinate geometry does.This author shows that learning about Einstein s gravity does not have to be the hit or miss undertaking that I have made it out to be i.e., switching back and forth between mathematical formalisms and trying to Intuit the real meaning of tensors.This is exactly the wrong way to get to gravity.Under that formula, tensors appear to be the whole ballgame But that is true only if one fears and does not completely understand the conceptual role they are assigned to play When you understand fully what they do, you are ready to rock and roll Einstein s system of indexing is then just the frosting on the cake.To his credit, this author does not glide pass these foundational issues, but drills them deeply into your head throughout the early chapters.Using the Lorenz group and the action principle as fundamental conceptual cases in point, he shows that gliding through is both unnecessary and insufficient A little extra effort on the front end dealing carefully with the concepts, pays heavy dividends in marrying them to the mathematical formalisms on the back end beginning as early as chapter III section six.I am happy I did not make the mistake of skipping the early sections to get to the good stuff as I am wont to do and as the author had suggested some might want to do especially for those who think they may already have a strong background in perquisites like Linear Algebra, or even tensors themselves I would strongly argue too, that the appendices at the end of the chapters are not optional either, but are a very necessary part of the author s pedagogical methodology.In the end, what I have learned after reading this book and working through the easier exercises is this How can anyone really know relativity without over understanding both the action principle, the invariance if the Lorentz group and the full meaning of the transformational properties of tensors as they apply to curved space A word to the wise Do not skip forward to the good stuff Don t allow the author to lure you into thinking that the good stuff only begins in chapters III and IV actually it begins in the preface and continues right up to chapter VI.The good stuff begins as soon as the key concepts are drilled into your head in at least three different ways and contexts Only then can you stop worrying about the concepts and then begin worrying about the math.And although the math never exactly gets easy, you at least know that you are no longer a prisoner of arcane mathematical formalizations, decoration that essentially allows one to fly by the seat of his pants By the time you reach chapter IV, you will be conceptually well grounded and thus prepared.This book goes straight to my Hall of Fame book shelf, with no reservations Five stars

Compared to the Quantum Field Theory textbook, Zee uses an even gradual and pedagogical approach, making Einstein Gravity in Nutshell a perfect text for anyone who wants to understand and appreciate physics behind a fascinating and complex topic like General Relativity.It is not a text for those who prefer a rigorous, mathematical physical approach presenting a new concept, the Author voluntarily and openly skips the most formal aspects, concentrating only on physics Anyhow, this does not mean that topics are treated with superficiality the text is absolutely complete, with several appendices and exercises that give the opportunity to deepen the technical aspects.An example unlike other texts, which after a brief summary of special relativity introduce rather formally manifold, maps, 1 form and tensors, flooding the reader with mathematical details that do not add much to physics Red Army Approach, to quote Zee , the Author begins with Newtonian mechanics and the study of two dimensional surfaces in euclidean space, introducing in a natural way tensors, curved coordinates, coordinate transformations and covariant derivative, preparing the ground for subsequent arguments.Absolutely advisable, even for those like me who want to review and appreciate topics studied many years ago I wish I had this book when I was a student and I was preparing the exams

I ve self studied 70 pages so far and the book is indeed exciting and amazingly well written BUT as always the manual of solutions is only for teachers Sincerely I do not understand why someone who studies the book me and therefore is supposed to have problems to solve the exercises can t get a solutions book, and, on the contrary, the professors, supposed connoisseurs of this subject, can.Someday somebody will explain this paradox to me solutions for teachers and NOT for students who try to self studie this diffcult subject Strange world indeed.Llevo 70 p ginas y el libro en efecto es apasionante peeeeero como siempre el manual de soluciones es solo para profesores Sinceramente yo no entiendo por qu alguien que estudia el libro yo y por tanto se supone que necesita conocer si hace bien o no los ejercicios no tiene libro Y los profesores, supuestos conocedores de esta materia, s lo tienen.A m que alguien me lo explique

Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell had some problems The book was for a very small segment of people and completely useless to others It was basically A quick look at QFT for those who already know QFT If you didn t know physics, you would get stuck at page 1 If you didn t have a BS in Physics, you wouldn t get past page 10 If you didn t know QFT yet but are ready to take it, you wouldn t get past page 25 The book is too brief to learn anything from Too many equations seem to be pulled out of a hat If you knew QFT already, you would absolutely love the book.This book really took the same enjoyable style and presentation, but alleviated this above problem of Zee s previous book This book teaches you everything that you need to know to learn GR from scratch You could read this book with only a year or two of physics and make some serious progress If you are ready to learn GR, this book will thoroughly teach you GR The same could not be said about QFT Nut.All in all, this is one of my favorite books A must buy for anybody learning GR.

There may be professional books on Einstein s Relativity than this one, but of the seven or I have reviewed here on , at least for my needs, none come with the heavy pedagogical investment, motivation, intent and nuance needed to help the reader grasp and hold on to all the relevant concepts that lead quickly to the grand finale of Einstein s Gravity.Whenever I completed the other books, I always had a scintilla of doubt and worry that my foundation was still shaky and very loosely grounded Especially with regard to having the proper understanding of the transformational properties of tensors.With a strong course in Linear Algebra 56 years ago, one can be fooled into believing that that alone is sufficient background And it would have been sufficient if I had gotten everything there was to understand about Linear Algebra at the time However, with the horrible text books on that subject, how can one ever be sure The author s drills in the proper understanding of rotations and transformations early on, for me, was the key to fully understanding tensors, the workhorse of relativity both the Special and the General.As well, even though I understood the importance of the Lorenz invariance in 3 space, I used what little knowledge I had of Linear Algebra to make an unwarranted logical and mistaken conceptual leap into tensors, and thus into 4 space and above believing, without fully understanding them, that the mathematical formalisms of tensors would take up the slack in my lack of understanding.It did not Because, in important ways, I fumbled the ball by understanding the mathematical formalisms without fully understanding the underlying concepts.Let no one fool you tensors are a whole new ballgame unto themselves, not just in bookkeeping, but also in the conceptual and transformational work they are deployed to do.For instance, here there are at least three roads to fully understanding tensors 1 as a way of moving beyond coordinate geometry by generalizing distance through an expansion of Pythagorean s theorem 2 by over understanding that everything in curved space is about linear transformations, and 3 being able to appreciate that in a sufficiently stable neighborhood, the tangent to a curve measures distance and curvature about as well as coordinate geometry does.This author shows that learning about Einstein s gravity does not have to be the hit or miss undertaking that I have made it out to be i.e., switching back and forth between mathematical formalisms and trying to Intuit the real meaning of tensors.This is exactly the wrong way to get to gravity.Under that formula, tensors appear to be the whole ballgame But that is true only if one fears and does not completely understand the conceptual role they are assigned to play When you understand fully what they do, you are ready to rock and roll Einstein s system of indexing is then just the frosting on the cake.To his credit, this author does not glide pass these foundational issues, but drills them deeply into your head throughout the early chapters.Using the Lorenz group and the action principle as fundamental conceptual cases in point, he shows that gliding through is both unnecessary and insufficient A little extra effort on the front end dealing carefully with the concepts, pays heavy dividends in marrying them to the mathematical formalisms on the back end beginning as early as chapter III section six.I am happy I did not make the mistake of skipping the early sections to get to the good stuff as I am wont to do and as the author had suggested some might want to do especially for those who think they may already have a strong background in perquisites like Linear Algebra, or even tensors themselves I would strongly argue too, that the appendices at the end of the chapters are not optional either, but are a very necessary part of the author s pedagogical methodology.In the end, what I have learned after reading this book and working through the easier exercises is this How can anyone really know relativity without over understanding both the action principle, the invariance if the Lorentz group and the full meaning of the transformational properties of tensors as they apply to curved space A word to the wise Do not skip forward to the good stuff Don t allow the author to lure you into thinking that the good stuff only begins in chapters III and IV actually it begins in the preface and continues right up to chapter VI.The good stuff begins as soon as the key concepts are drilled into your head in at least three different ways and contexts Only then can you stop worrying about the concepts and then begin worrying about the math.And although the math never exactly gets easy, you at least know that you are no longer a prisoner of arcane mathematical formalizations, decoration that essentially allows one to fly by the seat of his pants By the time you reach chapter IV, you will be conceptually well grounded and thus prepared.This book goes straight to my Hall of Fame book shelf, with no reservations Five stars

Compared to the Quantum Field Theory textbook, Zee uses an even gradual and pedagogical approach, making Einstein Gravity in Nutshell a perfect text for anyone who wants to understand and appreciate physics behind a fascinating and complex topic like General Relativity.It is not a text for those who prefer a rigorous, mathematical physical approach presenting a new concept, the Author voluntarily and openly skips the most formal aspects, concentrating only on physics Anyhow, this does not mean that topics are treated with superficiality the text is absolutely complete, with several appendices and exercises that give the opportunity to deepen the technical aspects.An example unlike other texts, which after a brief summary of special relativity introduce rather formally manifold, maps, 1 form and tensors, flooding the reader with mathematical details that do not add much to physics Red Army Approach, to quote Zee , the Author begins with Newtonian mechanics and the study of two dimensional surfaces in euclidean space, introducing in a natural way tensors, curved coordinates, coordinate transformations and covariant derivative, preparing the ground for subsequent arguments.Absolutely advisable, even for those like me who want to review and appreciate topics studied many years ago I wish I had this book when I was a student and I was preparing the exams