General Relativity (book)

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General Relativity
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Hardcover edition
AuthorRobert Wald
CountryUnited States of America
SubjectGeneral relativity
PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
Publication date
1984, 2010
Media typePrint
530.1/1 19
LC ClassQC173.6 .W35 1984

General Relativity is a textbook on Einstein's general theory of relativity written by the gravitational physicist Robert Wald.


Published by the University of Chicago in 1984, the book, a tome of almost 500 pages, covers many aspects of the general theory of relativity. It is divided into two parts. Part I covers the fundamentals of the subject and Part II the more advanced topics such as causal structure, spinors and quantum effects.[1] However, its treatment of cosmology is now outdated.[2] It is aimed at beginning graduate students.[3] The book uses the abstract index notation for tensors.[2]

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  1. ^ Wald, Robert M. General Relativity. University of Chicago Press, 1984.
  2. ^ a b A Listing of Technical Books for General Relativity. Daniel Finley. Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of New Mexico. April 1, 2018. Accessed January 18, 2019.
  3. ^ A Guide to Relativity Books. John C. Baez et al. University of California, Riverside. September 1998. Accessed January 18, 2019.