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Old 07-28-2007   #2
Prof. Zikzak
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A lot of the symbols and variables simply represent physical quantities that the writer of the paper assumes you already know about (why else would you be reading a technical cosmology paper because you've read some introductory text on the subject.The best text on relativity and cosmology is Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler. It has a "mathematical track" for the technically minded, and a "nonmathematical track" for those who are merely proficient at nonhomogeneous nth order partial differential equations. Best textbook ever written on any subject, actually.