This compact guide presents the key features of General Relativity, to support andsupplement the presentation in mainstream, more comprehensive undergraduatetextbooks, or as a recap of essentials for graduate students pursuing more advancedstudies. It helps students plot a careful path to understanding the core ideas and basictechniques of differential geometry, as applied to General Relativity, withoutoverwhelming them. While the guide doesn’t shy away from necessary technicalities,it emphasizes the essential simplicity of the main physical arguments. Presuming afamiliarity with Special Relativity (with a brief account in an appendix), it describeshow general covariance and the equivalence principle motivate Einstein’s theory ofgravitation. It then introduces differential geometry and the covariant derivative as themathematical technology which allows us to understand Einstein’s equations ofGeneral Relativity. The book is supported by numerous worked examples andexercises, and important applications of General Relativity are described in anappendix.is a research fellow at the School of Physics & Astronomy,)⁔樊niversity of Glasgow, where he has regularly taught the General Relativity honourscourse since 2002. He was educated at Edinburgh and Cambridge )⁔樊niversities, andcompleted his Ph.D. in particle theory at The Open)⁔樊niversity. His current researchrelates to astronomical data management, and he is an editor of the journal.
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