PHYS 598 GR3 :: Physics Illinois :: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


This course will mainly follow Eric Poisson and Clifford Will "Gravity: Newtonian, Post-Newtonian, Relativistic" and is a required textbook. You are strongly encouraged to take notes during the lectures as some material is drawn from other references. All required and recommended textbooks listed below are available, e.g., at UIUC's libraries or can be ordered at the Illini bookstore.

Required textbooks:

  1. Gravity: Newtonian, Post-Newtonian, Relativistic (Cambridge U. Press, 2014) by Poisson and Will.

Recommended additional textbooks:

  1. Gravitational Waves (Oxford Press, 2008) by Maggiore.
  2. General Relativity, 1st Edition (University of Chicago Press, 1984) by Wald.
  3. Gravitation, 1st Edition (W. H. Freeman, 1973) by Misner Thorne and Wheeler.
  4. P. T. Chrusciel, "Elements of general relativity", Birkhäuser, 2019
  5. An Introduction to General Relativity, Spacetime and Geometry (Pearson Press) by Carroll.
  6. B. Schutz, "A first course in general relativity", 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, 2009

Further reading:

If you wish to read about the latest developments physics, you can find open-access preprints of scientific articles on the arxiv.