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Best general relativity / Mathematica code book?

Posted 10 years ago

Hi, An intimate understanding of GR/SR is on my "bucket list" and I'm trying to find the best relativity book that has accompanying code to walk through hand-on examples of the physics/mathematics. I've looked around pretty extensively and I've found a few contenders:

  1. Mathematica for Theoretical Physics: Electrodynamics, Quantum Mechanics, General Relativity, and Fractals. This seems pretty old and I'm worried that if I get the latest Mathematica home edition it won't be compatible with the code from back in 2005.

  2. Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity. This book has a website with a few mathematica codes but it's not a full blown code book

  3. General Relativity and Cosmology using Mathematica This looks very promising but isn't completed yet.

Any thoughts on the best code resource for walking through SR/GR or votes for books [1] and [2]?

POSTED BY: John Mercer
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Posted 2 years ago

Try this.

https://arxiv.org/abs/2109.04193

OGRe: An Object-Oriented General Relativity Package for Mathematica

POSTED BY: Keith Dow
Posted 10 years ago

If you have not had a course in GR before nor a firm grounding in differential geometry (tensor calculus), then I strongly recommend Thomas Moore's excellent book A General Relativity Workbook, University Science Books, 2013, ISBN 978-1-891389-82-5,

http://www.uscibooks.com/moore.htm,

http://www.amazon.com/General-Relativity-Workbook-Thomas-Moore/dp/1891389823

This book does not have any associated Mathematica notebooks; however, it is easy to implement Mathematica where it is needed, especially for things like orbital precession, and the deflection of photons. I have several notebooks drawn from Moore's book that I would be willing to share.

POSTED BY: Kevin McCann

I am also interested. Can you let me know what you decide? I looked at the reviews for both 1 and 2 but I am also concerned that 1 might be using an outdated version of Mathematica.

POSTED BY: Michael McCain

Have you looked through Wolfram Books Physics section? There are 85 items there currently. In the recent listed you can see:

by Pietro Giuseppe Frè. I did not go through the whole 85 books but you probably should.

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POSTED BY: Vitaliy Kaurov
Posted 10 years ago

Hi thanks! Unfortunately I have looked in this section but I'm looking for a more systematic treatment like the books listed above.

POSTED BY: John Mercer

Have a look at the Wolfram Library Archive on general relativity: http://library.wolfram.com/infocenter/BySubject/Science/Physics/Relativity/

POSTED BY: S M Blinder
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