Edwin F.Taylor (MIT, Boston, MA, USA) - Completing John Wheeler's Vision: Undergraduate General Relativity
John Archibald Wheeler based his vision for undergraduate general relativity on two key ideas: First, introduce the description of curved spacetime not with the field equations but with their solution: the metric. This reduces the required mathematics to single-variable calculus. Second, start with the metric for the simplest system in the Universe: the black hole. The resulting undergraduate text, Exploring Black Holes, came out in 2000 to wide use in a variety of settings. The second edition, being written with co-author Edmund Bertschinger, simplifies and expands the theory and applies it not only to a wide range of astrophysical systems but also to the cosmological development of the Universe.
Edwin F. Taylor
John Archibald Wheeler