Dear Jacques Pelletier:

"Jacques Pelletier" <jpelletier@ieee.org> wrote in message

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I will give thanks to Eric Grise who said, on 2004aug21, in

sci.physics.relativity, in a thread titled "The meaning of Einstein's

equation"

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My tipping point for understanding those odd constructs was 1) Linear

Algebra [im doing this way too early in my education, hehe], and 2)

Carroll's book on GR.

MTW left too much out. MTW makes sense *after* I grok tensors, and

look back at it. Other tensor geometry books made no sense, mostly

because I saw them before Linear Algebra!

Carroll's book is 'an introduction to general relativity spacetime and

geometry'. I just can't reccomend that thing enough, considering it

was the first book that made tensors make sense for me

Keep this in mind as you work...

1-forms, vectors, and scalars are all tensors. They all follow the

same rules, they can all be broken into component form. The tensor is

just a generalization up from 1forms/vectors. Carroll's book goes into

the nitty-gritty early..

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It may be a bumpy ride for you, but you will have handled worse...

David A. Smith