Dear Jacques Pelletier:
"Jacques Pelletier" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
I will give thanks to Eric Grise who said, on 2004aug21, in
sci.physics.relativity, in a thread titled "The meaning of Einstein's
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..
It may be a bumpy ride for you, but you will have handled worse...
David A. Smith