You might not want to dive into much of this until you have the background to do so (that is, Linear Algebra, PDEs, Tensor Calculus (GR), Real Analysis [for operator theory, if you want to be rigorous], etc., etc.).

If you want to have brief, non-technical overviews, I'd recommend a bit of Greene's (e.g. "The Hidden Reality," "The Elegant Universe," but I'm no fan of String Theory, personally) stuff and some of Hawking's non-technical books--perhaps A Brief History of Time, which is one of the best of these kinds of books. I've grown to dislike many of these overviews, though, as they're very hand-wavy in some crucial cases.

If you really want to start on the historical developments, I'd very much recommend reading the original papers and working from there. I've been collecting Hawking's translations/commentaire of some of the landmark papers in Mathematics and Physics ("God Created the Integers," "The Dreams That Stuff is Made Of"), but they do require an extreme comfort with the mathematics presented, which could potentially be problematic.

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TopNewestYou might not want to dive into much of this until you have the background to do so (that is, Linear Algebra, PDEs, Tensor Calculus (GR), Real Analysis [for operator theory, if you want to be rigorous], etc., etc.).

If you want to have brief, non-technical overviews, I'd recommend a bit of Greene's (e.g. "The Hidden Reality," "The Elegant Universe," but I'm no fan of String Theory, personally) stuff and some of Hawking's non-technical books--perhaps A Brief History of Time, which is one of the best of these kinds of books. I've grown to dislike many of these overviews, though, as they're very hand-wavy in some crucial cases.

If you really want to start on the historical developments, I'd very much recommend reading the original papers and working from there. I've been collecting Hawking's translations/commentaire of some of the landmark papers in Mathematics and Physics ("God Created the Integers," "The Dreams That Stuff is Made Of"), but they do require an extreme comfort with the mathematics presented, which could potentially be problematic.

Cheers and good luck.

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