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A Short Course in General Relativity by J. Foster, J.D. Nightingale Average Customer Review: Paperback (09 August, 2001) list price: $52.95  our price: $34.99 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (10)
I couldn't use it.
A great first book on general relativity
Great for independant study The book has great solutions, or at least very helpful hints, to the problems that are given throughout the book.Though at times I was stuck with some, it generally it required me to only look at the first step of the solution to be able to solve the problem. This book is a quantitative approach, while "A First Course in General Relativity" (Schutz) is a more qualitative approach.I personally perfer the quantitative approach, and found this book better than Schutz.If you're looking for a more verbose and wordy book, go for Schutz, while if you're going for a mathematical approach (includes the derivation of the Schwarzchild's solution and the rise of black holes coming from Schwarzchild's solution) then this book is more for you. ... Read more Isbn: 0387942955 
$34.99 
Schaum's Outline of Tensor Calculus (Schaum's) by David C. Kay Average Customer Review: Paperback (01 April, 1988) list price: $16.95  our price: $11.53 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (8)
As an Outline...
Disappointed.
disappointing Isbn: 0070334846 
$11.53 
Tensor Calculus by J. L. Synge, John Lighton, Synge, Alfred Schild Average Customer Review: Paperback (01 June, 1978) list price: $14.95  our price: $10.17 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (5)
Hard to follow
okay book
A good solid introduction Isbn: 0486636127 
$10.17 
Calculus on Manifolds: A Modern Approach to Classical Theorems of Advanced Calculus by Michael Spivak Average Customer Review: Paperback (01 June, 1965) list price: $44.00  our price: $44.00 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (19)
Not really helpful
Must be written by Spivak's evil twin
Not fit for an introduction Isbn: 0805390219 
$44.00 
Analysis on Manifolds by James R. Munkres Average Customer Review: Paperback (June, 1997) list price: $76.00  our price: $76.00 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (4)
Fun This was a great read by the way. I suspect that everyone who picked up this book at some point was looking fora way to circumvent Spivak's terse exposition. I don't blame them. ..andthenBrowder came out with his analysis text. So with advanced calculus in view, these (more or less)recent publications make the subject even more accessible to undergraduates. ..and nowSpivak doesn't look so hard, all of a sudden. Munkres presentation is certainly original.Motivating examples are bountiful, and the figures are excellent. The perfect prequel to Boothby. Enjoy.
A good introduction but not the best However, compared to his classic textbook of topology, Munkres did not perform as well in connecting with the readers. The text is very hard to read, and is not suitable for self study. This is useful only as a class text, or as a reference for those who already knew (or passed) the subject.
Amasterpiece yet accessible on this topic Other noticeable features are: 1) Mistakefree. 2) Proofs are truncated into stages with explicit objectives in each, making them wellstructured on paper and easy to recall in future, and in this way techniques in proofs become highlighted into some elementary theorems (to get most job done) so that the scope of applications are much widened. 3) Motivations scattered throughout the book for integrity. 4) Examples given illustrate as counterexample of how theorem fails with some condition changed or missing. 5) The level of presentation is uniform throughout the book: strictly speaking, only a good singlevariable analysis course (Rudin will do, and also helpful to refer to the overlapping topics) and some motivation are needed, all essential concepts of linear algebra, topology are introduced afresh and uniquely and in the favorable context: either indispensible in later proofs (can act as a practice of it) or results proven motivate its introduction and properties, though some knowledge beforehand can help you to appreciate more, and focus on mainbody. 6) Each proof is not necessarily the shortest in methods, you may say, but looks most natural and appropriate at this level. Actually, most time it's quite concise whilst, in main theorems, all details are laid out without undue omission. (In contrast, some authors waffle lavishly between substance, but say bare minimum (sometimes unjustified) when it comes to proofs.) Length is also due to partition of proof into stages, which is way clearer in mind than a gluster of dense but appearingly short arguments. And richness and details of proofs themselves are good for getting hang of techniques. All in all, Munkres is clearly a master, while reading it, you just feel it cannot get any better. Clarity, style, and organisation put the book far above its peers, and an undeniably outstanding first course in multivariable analysis and manifold alike. Although examirrelevant, I will surely continue the journey of reading it, in a belief that it'll serve as a solid stepstone to embark on diff geometry or GR with ease, which is my original purpose. hope you can share my enjoyment. ... Read more Isbn: 0201315963 
$76.00 
Differential Forms and Connections by R. W. R. Darling Average Customer Review: Paperback (22 September, 1994) list price: $34.99  our price: $34.99 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (6)
Worthy
Not for everyone, flawed in basic ways If you already know quite a bit, you may find this approach enlightening. But if you're just beginning to master these concepts, I suggest you look elsewhere. I also suggest that much tighter editing would do this book a world of good. Go with Kreiszig, or Lovelock and Rund instead.
Excellent book All exercise problems are interesting and important. Hints are given to some of them. I found Warner's "Foundations of Differentiable Manifolds and Lie Groups" is a good complement to address the algebraic and topological side of differential geometry. ... Read more Isbn: 0521468000 
$34.99 
Lectures on Differential Geometry by Sholomo Sternberg Hardcover (01 August, 1982) list price: $39.00 US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Isbn: 0828403163 
Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces by Manfredo Do Carmo Average Customer Review: Hardcover (01 February, 1976) list price: $102.67  our price: $102.67 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (13)
Best DG book out there
There is a reason why it is a classic.
engineers should get another book Isbn: 0132125897 
$102.67 
General Relativity by Robert M. Wald Average Customer Review: Paperback (15 June, 1984) list price: $37.00  our price: $32.25 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (11)
Good
Valuable
One of best books in GR Isbn: 0226870332 
$32.25 
Vector Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Differential Forms: A Unified Approach (2nd Edition) by John H. Hubbard, Barbara Burke Hubbard Average Customer Review: Hardcover (15 September, 2001) list price: $109.33  our price: $109.33 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (14)
Revolutionize the way calculus is taught
Confusing book
A Must Text This is the only text that I have seen that really makes forms clear.It does so by taking the time to carefully, but rigorously, explain them in a "classical" setting.One of the reasons forms are so difficult to grasp is that while some things, such as the exterior derivative and the work form of a function, can be seen as natural objects (when explained well), the connection between these objects and calculating with forms using coordinates is not so easy to make clear.The Hubbards' do make these ideas clear  even when presenting topics as hard as orientation. Unfortunately, most of us had to wait till graduate school to see forms  usually, in a more abstract setting. By then, we probably didn't have time to sit, calculate, and make clear connections. This text makes that later transition, for those in math, much easier.It also makes physics easier. The Hubbards' make that point by showing that the electric field shouldn't really be a field, but a two form.Any book that lets one explain that  and much more  to high school students, which I do, should be a part of every multivariable calculus course. Finally, I should note that this book contains much, much more than manifolds, the implicit function theorem and differential forms.But, even if that were all it contained, it would fully be worth the price. In summary, this book opens the door to new worlds that most students never get to see clearly.What a present to us all. ... Read more Isbn: 0130414085 
$109.33 
Principles of Mathematical Analysis (International Series in Pure & Applied Mathematics) by WalterRudin Average Customer Review: Hardcover (01 January, 1976) list price: $138.13  our price: $138.13 (price subject to change: see help) US  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  France Reviews (73)
An excellent textbook
A masterpiece
Great analysis... Isbn: 007054235X 
$138.13 
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