Trying to understand Schutz's AFCIGR, where does the minus sign appear from in the metric tensor?
I understand that this expresses the invariance of the spacetime interval. Schutz says (I think) that the metric is a (0,2) tensor. I assume that means it is the product of two one-forms, so presumably one of these one-forms has a -ve time component. What does that mean? Why don't both one-forms have a -ve time component? Looking at a Minkowski diagram what is a straightforward way to understand/visualise those one-forms? At my level, two things have been multiplied together to give a 4x4 matrix which has -1 in the top left corner. What are those two things and why do they give a -1 time component?