Books which served as primary references for these notes.

- Arfken, George B. & Weber, Hans J. (2005),
*Mathematical Methods for Physicists*, 6th Edition, Academic Press (Amazon link)
- Callahan, James J. (2000),
*The Geometry of Spacetime: An Introduction to Special and General Relativity*; Springer-Verlag (Amazon link)
- Carroll, Bradley W. & Ostlie, Dale A. (2007),
*An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, *2nd Edition, Pearson Education (Amazon link)
- d’Inverno, Ray (1992),
*Introducing Einstein’s Relativity*, Oxford University Press (Amazon link)
- Griffiths, David J. (2007)
*Introduction to Electrodynamics*, 3rd Edition; Prentice Hall (Amazon link)
- Griffiths, David J. (2005),
*Introduction to Quantum Mechanics*, 2nd Edition; Pearson Education (Amazon link)
- Hobson, M.P., Efstathiou, G. P. & Lasenby, A. N. (2006),
*General Relativity: An Introduction for Physicists*; Cambridge University Press (Amazon link)
- Lancaster, Tom & Blundell, Stephen J. (2014)
*Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur*, Oxford University Press (Amazon link)
- Moore, Thomas A. (2013),
*A General Relativity Workbook*, University Science Books (Amazon link)
- Schroeder, Daniel V. (2000),
*An Introduction to Thermal Physics*, Addison-Wesley (Amazon link)
- Schutz, Bernard (2009),
*A First Course in General Relativity*, 2nd Edition; Cambridge University Press (Amazon link)

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ShankarHi,

I notice that you’ve looked at quite a few General Relativity texts. Which one would you most recommend out of D’Inverno, Carroll, and Zee?

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gwrowePost authorIf you’re just starting out, probably the best book is Moore’s

A General Relativity Workbook. Its approach is more physical than mathematical, and you get to see a lot of the applications (black holes, deflection of light and so on) before actually arriving at the Einstein equation and having to calculate the curvature tensor. Most of the other books I found a lot harder to follow.I’ve just started looking at Zee’s book, but it looks promising in that it’s fairly informal and explains things well.