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5.0 von 5 Sternen This is a book of IDEAS
This volume is absolutely neccesary for any serious student of gravitational physics. Although their are sections suitable for an upper division undergrad, this is a tome for the graduate student in Physics. The mathematical expertise required for the advanced Track-2 portions of the book are predominently graduate level and above. However, it is those very sections...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A Horrible Book on Gravitation
This book in my opinion is one of the most overrated texts in science. It is voluminous and comprehensive and perhaps serves best as a reference for topics not easily found in other textbooks. However this text fares very poorly from a pedagogical point of view. The first four hundred or so pages introduces tensor analysis to the reader. The material is presently in...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This is a book of IDEAS, 19. Januar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Gravitation (Taschenbuch)
This volume is absolutely neccesary for any serious student of gravitational physics. Although their are sections suitable for an upper division undergrad, this is a tome for the graduate student in Physics. The mathematical expertise required for the advanced Track-2 portions of the book are predominently graduate level and above. However, it is those very sections where the exotic topics of black-hole thermodynamics and quantum cosmology are addressed in all their splendor. There are areas of interest to students of math such as the introduction of differential forms and tensor index-slinging. All students of Physics should have at least cracked the cover of this book once before they receive their B.Sci. This is a thorough if dated (1975) exposition that deserves a place along side Peeble's 'COSMOLOGY' and Dirac's 'QUANTUM MECHANICS' in a list of 'must have' volumes for any Physicist (even those far removed from general relativity). With the possible exception of S. Hawkings, Misner, Thorne and Wheeler show their collective expertise on GTR with rigor and style. Even the typsetting, diagrams and the liberal use of explanitory boxes all serve to give the work a feel of completion. It is no wonder that in the physics literature it is often cited simply as MTW.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Inspiring? Beautiful? That and more-- life altering!, 16. Oktober 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Gravitation (Taschenbuch)
Like the Bible, this book is so extraordinary that it deserves a unique rating. One of the great scientific works of all time. 44 chapters of pure joy! The figures alone are well worth the price. Every one of the 1200 odd pages contains valuable insight and inspiration. The many problems are also a fabulous resource. This said, it should be supplemented with another text such as Wald, Stephani, or d'Inverno, because it is by now a bit dated in places, the notation can be confusing and in places the writing becomes frankly incomprehensible. But I managed to learn a great deal about gtr from this book before I knew any calculus(!), just by pouring over the pictures. It's not for everyone, perhaps, but reading this book was quite simply one of the happiest experiences of my life!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The complete reference book on General Relativity, 27. September 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Gravitation (Taschenbuch)
This is *the* reference book on general relativity. I personally did not find it to be a good book to learn GR from-- I found the breezy style to be annoying, and the method of approach to be confusing. For learning GR, I would recommend the much thinner books by Wald or Kenyon. But as a reference book, Gravitation is irreplacable.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A Horrible Book on Gravitation, 26. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Gravitation (Taschenbuch)
This book in my opinion is one of the most overrated texts in science. It is voluminous and comprehensive and perhaps serves best as a reference for topics not easily found in other textbooks. However this text fares very poorly from a pedagogical point of view. The first four hundred or so pages introduces tensor analysis to the reader. The material is presently in overly simplistic terms to the point where the reader is treated as though he/she had nothing more than a first year calculus background. Differential forms for instance are likened to "bongs of (a) bell"; tensors are "machines", etc. The reader is better off with Bishop and Goldberg or Frankel. The lack of rigour and informal treatment of the mathematics sets the tone for the loose, heuristic style that is to follow for the rest of the book. Definitions are imprecise and clear proofs lacking. The boxes and excercises punctuating the text distracts from the reading.
In short, if you feel that a mastery of the material must be gained from precise definitions and rigorous presentations rather than intuitive notions and sketchy derivations this book is not for you. Wald's is much better. For those of you less comfortable with differential geometry I recommend Weinberg's which is also very well written and readable. Misner's will benefit two types or readers. First, if you are a highschool student or college freshman with some calculus background you can gain some conceptual understanding of general relativity and how it works. You may enjoy looking at the the many diagrams in this book and reading some of the boxes. Second if you are already well trained in general relativity you can benefit by using this book as a reference, for it has much material. For the rest you can safely leave this book alone.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing!, 28. Juli 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Gravitation (Taschenbuch)
The world would be less beautiful if this book didn't exist. What a remarkable feat! The sequence that leads from the very basic concept of spacetime to the computation of the components of Riemann tensor by using forms and the Cartan equations is unparalleled. A lot of mathematical formulas follow from simple reasoning and ... drawings! The introduction of Schild's ladder to motivate the axioms for a (torsionless) connection is very clever. The introduction of curvature by means of geodesic deviation is very intuitive. The derivation of the expression for the geodesic deviation (and, consequently, of the expression for the Riemann tensor) is, again, completely intuitive. The chapter on spinors is very beautiful and useful. Still, I would never recommend this book for a beginner. For it is absolutely non-linear. I have been told that this corresponds to the ideas of Wheeler's concerning learning. Sometimes an argument at chapter 4 (say) depends on something that is intr! oduced in chapter 8. Also, the three tracks (first, second and boxes)interfere all the time, requiring much discipline from the reader. If, however, you already learned the basics (for instance, in Landau, Lifshitz), so that you know what you are looking for, "Gravitation" is unbeatable, of a class apart. I've seen mathematicians adopting the language introduced by them to explain tensors: a slot for each argument of the multilinear machine! Last, not the least, the Index and the References are of the highest quality. This shows respect for the readers. Drs. Misner, Thorne and Wheeler are to be congratulated.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler's Gravitation, 2. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Gravitation (Taschenbuch)
In reviewing Weinberg (1974), I listed his book as the best book on general relativity. This book is the second best. Weinberg's approach is algebraic, analytic, and topological, while Misner et al (MTW for short, which I write as a typo toward the end of this review) adopt a mostly geometrical approach. It has turned out that geometry and topology are very important for modern quantum gravity, but it so are all the other fields plus logic and set theory and even probability or at least (finite) measure theory. In Carlip's recent book on 2+1 dimensional quantum gravity, some of these approaches are contrasted but many things remain confused as to which fields could theoretically be eliminated. It will probably turn out that several different approaches lead in similar directions, especially four approache: geometry (the ADM or Arnowitt-Deser-Misner formalism), topology (string theory), measure-analytic-logic-probability-entropy (which leads to a direction which is a combination of the first two), and algebra (Clifford, octonion, division algebras which can describe geometry from a sort of neo-Cartesian algebraic approach - see my pending review of Bayliss and also my review of Dietrich et al and Chisholm). Since string theory appears to be only an approximation to quantum gravity, probably only the other 3 are fundamental in a deeper sense. Of these three, geometry by itself is the least well translated into ordinary language. MDT (Misner et al.) try, but they fail very much to get through to non-specialists in geometry, and they are not really addressing the public - their book is directed on a 2-tiered level to physics students and to physics general relativity geometry would-be specialists. I recommend buying and keeping this book as a reference and having a consultant or tutor help you compare it with other approaches if you are not a general relativity geometry specialist.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen comprehensive but could be more concise, 24. Mai 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Gravitation (Taschenbuch)
The authors are leading experts on gravitational theory and this book is a comphrensive treatment of the field up to the developments to 1970, they write in a vivid, humourous manner, and spiced with stories, illustrations and wisdoms. It is a little bit too wordy though, which results in the unusually huge volume, I usually consult Wald when looking for some particular subject, and if treatments there are too terse to be understood, this book is a good better for help.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein grandioses Lehrbuch, 12. August 2007
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Es ist ganz einfach: Dieses Werk ist das beste, was je über die allgemeine Relativitätstheorie geschrieben wurde. Es hat mir die mathematische Beschreibung von Weltmodellen ermöglicht. Den Autoren bin ich zu tiefem Dank verpflichtet.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen THE source for info!, 24. März 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Gravitation (Taschenbuch)
This is the greatest source of information ever constructed concerning the modern, relativistic perspective of the universe. Definitely not for the average individual who attempts to understand the entirety of spacetime by reading Scientific American. A mathematical achievement beyond words.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen As clear as a bowl of water, 23. Mai 2000
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I wanted to learn GR, and had to do it by myself. This book did it for me; it's clear, easy to follow, and does what I would look for in a teacher: it explains. I recommend that you acquire some knowledge of tensor calculus before reading it, but the book will fill all the rest.
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