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Old 07-28-2007   #1
John Relling
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Default What mathematics should I know to study cosmology?

I listened to a CalTech presentation by Kip Thorne, and he referred to a ton of strange math such as tensor calculus. I want to know what kind of math is necessary to understand technical papers about relativity, galaxy formation, and the birth and death of the universe. Thanks!When I try to read academic paper regarding cosmology, I barely get past the abstract before being overwhelmed by strange greek symbols with no accompanying explanation. What kind of math is this? What branches of mathematics are necessary to understand these papers?