Gravitation and Cosmology
Das beste Buch zum Thema
|von Steven Weinberg|
Das Buch bietet Anfängern sowie Fortgeschrittenen einen lehrreichen Blick in das Thema der allgemeinen Relativitätstheorie. Weinberg überhäuft den Leser nicht mit Formeln, sondern jede Rechnung ist physikalisch motiviert. Einziger Kritikpunkt sind einige Angaben zu experimentellen Daten, die inzwischen überholt sind.
I greatly appreciated this book when I was a student. The tensor analysis is very carefully explained; in addition, you really get a basic physics understanding. The equivalence principle and Mach-Einstein theories discussions are simply wonderful. Of course, some experimental data are too old now to be taken seriously.
Weinberg's Greatest Book on General Relativity
Steven Weinberg wrote the best book on general relativity in history. A Nobel Laureate, he has pioneered both in relativity and quantum theory. Readers who want to know more about him should read T. Cao's 1997 book (Cao is at Boston University) on quantum field theory, from which Weinberg emerges as probably the greatest quantum theorist in history. Unlike most quantum theorists, even the founders of quantum theory, Weinberg was the first to find errors in his own and others' theories, to modify them rapidly and ingeniously, and to establish the newest trends and ideas in each decade since the early years. He founded the latest quantum field theory school, effective gauge field theory, although he became disgusted with field theory's errors and went over to string theory (which seems to be at most an approximation to the real world). In general relativity, he resembles Sir Arthur Eddington in combining algebraic techniques with general relativity (e.g., those of Weyl) and in emphasizing the underlying principles - equivalence, the tetrad formalism, covariance, and even gravitational waves which are only now being tested by Project Ligo. The only book which comes near to Weinberg's on general relativity is the one by Meisner, Wheeler, and Thorne of the early 1970s, and it requires expertise in graduate geometry and is neither as concise nor as inspired and insightful as Weinberg's.