- Monday 13h15 -- 15h, Tuesday 12h15 -- 14h, room 119
- Starting Date: Monday September 18th

- GR Lecture Notes Website (overview)
- [newlecturesGR.pdf] (direct link to the pdf-file)
- Note: this new version has 900+ pages (!). Please save trees and don't print all of it at once, we will only cover some small parts of the notes in the course

- Assignments 01
- Solutions 01
- Optional Assignment + Solution 02
- Assignments 03
- Solutions 03
- Assignments 04
- Solutions 04
- Supplement: Variation of Determinants
- Assignments 05
- Solutions 05
- Assignments 06
- Solutions 06

- Oral Exams: February 2018 for Theory Master Students, any time for others
- individual appointments - contact me for dates

- Excellent Introductory (Undergraduate) Texts
- N.M.J. Woodhouse: General Relativity
- J.B. Hartle: Gravity, An introduction to Einstein's General Relativity
- Elegant Modern Slightly More Advanced Books
- R.M. Wald: General Relativity
- S. Carroll: Spacetime and Geometry, an Introduction to General Relativity
- Classics
- C.W. Misner, K.S. Thorne, J.A. Wheeler: Gravitation
- S. Weinberg: Gravitation and Cosmology
- Other Personal Favourites
- R.U. Sexl, H.K. Urbantke: Gravitation und Kosmologie
- N. Straumann: General Relativity
- S.W. Hawking, G.F.R. Ellis: The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time
- E. Poisson: A Relativist's Toolkit
- Other Recommended Recent/New Books
- A. Zee: Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell

Please let me know of any broken (no longer existing) links.

- Albert Einstein: Die Grundlage der allgemeinen Relativitätstheorie (Annalen der Physik, 1916)
- Einstein Papers Project
- Einstein Papers Project (The Collected Papers of Einstein)
- Digital Einstein Papers (including English translations)
- Schriften 1914-1917 (in German)
- Writings 1914-1917 (in English)
- The Field Equations of Gravitation (November 25 1015)
- etc etc (thank you to everyone involved in this project!)
- GR Lecture Notes: General
- Harvey Reall: General Relativity (Univ. of Cambridge Lecture Notes)
- Piotr Chrusciel: General Relativity I and II
- Don Marolf: Notes on Relativity and Cosmology
- Gerard 't Hooft: Introduction to General Relativity
- Gary Gibbons: General Relativity
- Sean Carroll: Lecture Notes on General Relativity [see also the links at the bottom of that page]
- Philippe Jetzer: General Relativity
- GR Lecture Notes: Black Holes
- Gerard 't Hooft: Introduction to the Theory of Black Holes
- Paul Townsend: Black Holes
- J.P. Luminet: Black Holes : A General Introduction
- For observational and astrophysical evidence for black holes see
- S.A. Hughes: Trust but verify: The case for astrophysical black holes
- A. Mueller: Experimental Evidence of Black Holes
- C. Bambi: Astrophysical Black Holes: A Compact Pedagogical Review
- For more mathematical discssuions see
- P. Chrusciel: The Geometry of Black Holes (includes discussion of advanced topics in mathematical GR)
- D. Christodoulou: The Formation of Black Holes in General Relativity (594(!) pages, mathematical general relativity, not for the faint of heart)
- GR Lecture Notes: Cosmology
- Was Einstein Right? (Ask Clifford M. Will!)
- Clifford M. Will: The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment (arXiv version)
- Clifford M. Will: Was Einstein Right? A Centenary Assessment (abridged version of the article above)
- Clifford M. Will: The 1919 measurement of the deflection of light
- GR Lecture Notes: Other
- Living Reviews in Relativity (high quality review articles on all aspects of relativity -recommended!)
- Ingemar Bengtsson: Anti-de Sitter Space
- List of Online GR Books and Lecture Notes (no warranty)
- Other Useful, Informative or Entertaining Online Resources
- Wikipedia: Equivalence Principle
- R. Wald: Teaching General Relativity
- Sean Carroll's No-Nonsense Introduction to General Relativity
- APS Journals: GR Centennial
- John Baez: the General Relativity Tutorial
- C. Lineweaver, T. Davis: Misconceptions about the Big Bang (highly recommended Scientific American Article)
- Visualisierung in der Relativitätstheorie (Uni Stuttgart), Studying null and time-like geodesics in the classroom
- Usenet Physics FAQ
- Einstein for Everyone (J.D. Norton)
- Einstein Archives Online
- RelativityBook.com Resources
- Picturing Black Holes (a nice introduction to Penrose diagrams, by J.D. Norton)
- A Peek into Einstein's Zurich Notebook( J.D. Norton)
- Einstein's `Zürich Notebook' and his Journey to General Relativity (N. Straumann, arXiv:1106.0900)
- Other Einstein Goodies (J.D. Norton)
- Terence Tao: The Cosmic Distance Ladder (pdf-file)
- Terence Tao: The Cosmic Distance Ladder (video of public lecture on youtube)
- Visualisation of Parallel Transport on the 2-Sphere (java applet)
- Gerard 't Hooft: Strange Misconceptions of General Relativity
- Wie man die Raumzeit krümmt
- Is our Universe a Black Hole?
**NO**And since I get asked this question again and again (as if there weren't more interesting questions), usually by people who understand neither cosmology nor black holes, here are some links: - Answer from the Physics FAQ: Is the Big Bang a Black Hole?
- Answer from Cosmic Variance
- Answer from Lubos Motl
- And another one
- arXiv:1001.4795: Through the Looking Glass:
Why the
Cosmic Horizon is not a horizon (a more detailed and technical account) - Important Advice (from Nobel Laureate Gerard 't Hooft):

- Matthias Blau, Office 220a