by David Waite
Publisher: modernrelativitysite.com 2005
This is a text book tutorial on Albert Einstein's theories of special and general relativity. It is assumed that the reader has an understanding of mathematics through calculus and partial differential equations. The relevant tensor calculus is presented throughout as needed.
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