Zee: Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell

Here are my notes and solutions to problems in the book Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell by Anthony Zee (Princeton University Press, 2013). As always, I give no guarantee that the solutions are all correct, so if you spot any errors, please do leave a comment.

The book is similar in style to Zee’s Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell, in that it is written for undergraduates using a relaxed and often humorous approach. My only criticism might be in the title: calling an 889-page book a ‘nutshell’ implies a very large nut.

I’m not aware of any online list of errata for this book. (There are a couple of sites that claim to be such, but don’t list more than a couple of typos.) If anyone knows of an official errata site for this book, please leave a comment below.

Part 0: Setting the Stage

Prologue: Three Stories

1, 2, 3

Part 1: From Newton to Riemann: Coordinates to Curvature

Chapter I.1: Newton’s Laws

1.2, 1.31.4, 1.5, 1.6

Chapter I.2: Conservation is Good


Chapter I.3: Rotation: Invariance and Infinitesimal Transformation

3.13.3, 3.4, 3.5

Chapter I.4: Who Is Afraid of Tensors?

4.1, 4.2

One thought on “Zee: Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell

  1. gwrowe Post author

    Thanks for this. As you say, Brad Carlile’s page has only 3 (as of 9 Aug 2016) errata listed, and I’m sure there must be many more in a book of this size.
    Although Zee’s books initially come across as student-friendly, with his informal language and chatty writing style, they do tend to make conceptual jumps which sometimes leave me baffled.
    I also find it inexcusable that an author would regard any typos, especially those in the mathematics, as trivial and not worthy of correcting. If a student sees something printed in a textbook, they are likely to assume that it is correct and if they can’t get the same answer, they will spend long hours fretting over what they’ve done wrong.


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