General Relativity (Google eBook)"Wald's book is clearly the first textbook on general relativity with a totally modern point of view; and it succeeds very well where others are only partially successful. The book includes full discussions of many problems of current interest which are not treated in any extant book, and all these matters are considered with perception and understanding."—S. Chandrasekhar "A tour de force: lucid, straightforward, mathematically rigorous, exacting in the analysis of the theory in its physical aspect."—L. P. Hughston, Times Higher Education Supplement "Truly excellent. . . . A sophisticated text of manageable size that will probably be read by every student of relativity, astrophysics, and field theory for years to come."—James W. York, Physics Today 
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User Review  Zihao  GoodreadsIt is the most successful GR book so far. I actually took Prof. Wald's course on GR using this book. The first three chapters on tensors and manifolds may be hard for people with insufficient math ... Read full review
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User Review  Jamie  GoodreadsGood times spent with this book as an undergrad. For about a year I don't think I was seen without it. Still, I feel I barely scratched the surface of it. Read full review
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antisymmetric appendix asymptotically flat black hole Cauchy surface causal curve chapter compact components condition conjugate coordinate basis coordinate system curvature curved spacetime defined definition denote density derivative operator diffeomorphism discussed dual vector Einstein's equation energy exists finite flat spacetime follows function Furthermore gauge geometry given globally hyperbolic gravitational field Hence Hilbert space horizon hypersurface implies inertial inextendible infinity initial data initial value formulation integral isometry Kerr Killing field KleinGordon Lorentz manifold mass Maxwell's equations Minkowski spacetime natural neighborhood Newtonian notation notion null geodesic observer obtain orbit orthogonal orthonormal parallel transport parameter perturbation physical precisely properties quantum field region result satisfies scalar Schwarzschild solution singularity smooth spacelike spacetime metric spatial special relativity spherical stationary structure symmetry tensor field tensor of type theorem timelike curve timelike geodesics topology transformation universe vacuum vanishes vector field vector space