There will be no session on 20th of October due to me being away that weekend.
Howdy! This page will be dedicated for the "General Relativity Marathon", a magical secret seminar that will happen every Saturday at 10:00 - 11:15 in RIII Seminar Room.
The topic of this seminar is The theory of general relativity. I'll be updating this page with relevant material: mainly the lectures notes I'll be writing for this seminar, as well as presentation slides when needed, some resources/links/books and whatever I found to be of aid in my understanding of the theory. Let's see how this goes!
Resources I found useful in order of usefulness:
Books (all available at our Library):
- General Relativity by Wald: Excellent book. Gets to the physics right away and introduces the maths when necessary.
- Spacetime and Geometry by Carol: Starts introducing all the maths first. It can be a bit slow at the beginning.
- General Theory of Relativity by P.A.M. Dirac: Extremely concise (less than 70 pages) which makes it very handy if you're already familiar with the subject. Doesn't motivate anything. Excellent for reference/revision.
- Gravitation by Misner Thorne and Wheeler: Very nice writing which makes it entertaining to read, but it's a giant book. Uses weird notation and analogies sometimes. This book is considered "too old" by many.
Online lectures (in general: watch at 2x):
- What is a Tensor? , What is a Manifold? , What is General Relativity? series by XylyXylyX: Excellent, very highly recommended. The first two series introduces the mathematics with GR in mind. They're pretty long (130+ hours in total, or 60+ hours if you watch at 2x), but very comprehensive. They tend more towards the mathematical side. The last of them "What is General Relativity" is still ongoing to this date.
- General Relativity by Alexander Maloney: A graduate course on general relativity. I enjoyed these a lot.
- General Relativity by Leonard Suskind: Only 10 lectures. Very popular. I find them OK.
|Session Date||Topic||Link to notes/slides|
Introduction, degrees of freedom, notions of invariance, locality, field theories, motivation
|22nd September||Session canceled due to Jacobs Games and Alumni Homecoming|
|29th September||Special relativity: Part 1 - Inertial frames, Galilean transformations, Lorentz transformations|
|6th October||Special relativity: Part 2 - The invariant interval, the Minkowski geometry, Lorentz invariance, four vectors||Lecture notes|
|13th October||Special relativity: Part 3 - The Minkowski Metric, Tensors, The geometry of SR, The Algebra of SR.|
|20th October||Session canceled due to organizer being away for the weekend.|
|27th October||Einstein summation convention, the Einstein equivalence principle, the geodesic equation||Lecture notes|
|3rd November||Double Session: Pseudo-Riemanian manifolds, parallel transport, the christoffel symbol, the covariant derivative|
|10th November||Session canceled due to the University Physics Competition happening during the weekend|