Differential Geometry For Physicists And Mathematicians

Author: José G Vargas
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814566411
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This is a book that the author wishes had been available to him when he was student. It reflects his interest in knowing (like expert mathematicians) the most relevant mathematics for theoretical physics, but in the style of physicists. This means that one is not facing the study of a collection of definitions, remarks, theorems, corollaries, lemmas, etc. but a narrative — almost like a story being told — that does not impede sophistication and deep results. It covers differential geometry far beyond what general relativists perceive they need to know. And it introduces readers to other areas of mathematics that are of interest to physicists and mathematicians, but are largely overlooked. Among these is Clifford Algebra and its uses in conjunction with differential forms and moving frames. It opens new research vistas that expand the subject matter. In an appendix on the classical theory of curves and surfaces, the author slashes not only the main proofs of the traditional approach, which uses vector calculus, but even existing treatments that also use differential forms for the same purpose. Contents:Introduction:OrientationsTools:Differential FormsVector Spaces and Tensor ProductsExterior DifferentiationTwo Klein Geometries:Affine Klein GeometryEuclidean Klein GeometryCartan Connections:Generalized Geometry Made SimpleAffine ConnectionsEuclidean ConnectionsRiemannian Spaces and Pseudo-SpacesThe Future?:Extensions of CartanUnderstand the Past to Imagine the FutureA Book of Farewells Readership: Physicists and mathematicians working on differential geometry. Keywords:Differential Geometry;Differential Forms;Moving Frames;Exterior CalculusKey Features:Reader FriendlyNaturalnessRespect for the history of the subject and related incisiveness

Differential Geometry For Physicists And Mathematicians

Author: José G. Vargas
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company Incorporated
ISBN: 9789814566391
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I. Introduction. 1. Orientations -- II. Tools. 2. Differential forms -- 3. Vector spaces and tensor products -- 4. Exterior differentiation -- III. Two Klein geometries. 5. Affine Klein geometry -- 6. Euclidean Klein geometry -- IV. Cartan connections. 7. Generalized geometry made simple -- 8. Affine connections -- 9. Euclidean connections -- 10. Riemannian spaces and pseudo-spaces -- V. The future? 11. Extensions of Cartan -- 12. Understand the past to imagine the future -- 13. A book of farewells

Differential Geometry For Physicists

Author: Bo-Yu Hou
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN: 9813105097
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This book is divided into fourteen chapters, with 18 appendices as introduction to prerequisite topological and algebraic knowledge, etc. The first seven chapters focus on local analysis. This part can be used as a fundamental textbook for graduate students of theoretical physics. Chapters 8–10 discuss geometry on fibre bundles, which facilitates further reference for researchers. The last four chapters deal with the Atiyah-Singer index theorem, its generalization and its application, quantum anomaly, cohomology field theory and noncommutative geometry, giving the reader a glimpse of the frontier of current research in theoretical physics.

Physics Geometry And Topology

Author: H.C. Lee
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1461538025
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The Banff NATO Summer School was held August 14-25, 1989 at the Banff Cen tre, Banff, Albert, Canada. It was a combination of two venues: a summer school in the annual series of Summer School in Theoretical Physics spon sored by the Theoretical Physics Division, Canadian Association of Physi cists, and a NATO Advanced Study Institute. The Organizing Committee for the present school was composed of G. Kunstatter (University of Winnipeg), H.C. Lee (Chalk River Laboratories and University of Western Ontario), R. Kobes (University of Winnipeg), D.l. Toms (University of Newcastle Upon Tyne) and Y.S. Wu (University of Utah). Thanks to the group of lecturers (see Contents) and the timeliness of the courses given, the school, entitled PHYSICS, GEOMETRY AND TOPOLOGY, was popular from the very outset. The number of applications outstripped the 90 places of accommodation reserved at the Banff Centre soon after the school was announced. As the eventual total number of participants was increased to 170, it was still necessary to tum away many deserving applicants. In accordance with the spirit of the school, the geometrical and topologi cal properties in each of the wide ranging topics covered by the lectures were emphasized. A recurring theme in a number of the lectures is the Yang-Baxter relation which characterizes a very large class of integrable systems including: many state models, two-dimensional conformal field theory, quantum field theory and quantum gravity in 2 + I dimensions.

Mathematics For Physics An Illustrated Handbook

Author: Marsh Adam
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9813233931
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This unique book complements traditional textbooks by providing a visual yet rigorous survey of the mathematics used in theoretical physics beyond that typically covered in undergraduate math and physics courses. The exposition is pedagogical but compact, and the emphasis is on defining and visualizing concepts and relationships between them, as well as listing common confusions, alternative notations and jargon, and relevant facts and theorems. Special attention is given to detailed figures and geometric viewpoints. Certain topics which are well covered in textbooks, such as historical motivations, proofs and derivations, and tools for practical calculations, are avoided. The primary physical models targeted are general relativity, spinors, and gauge theories, with notable chapters on Riemannian geometry, Clifford algebras, and fiber bundles. Contents: Mathematical StructuresAbstract AlgebraVector AlgebrasTopological SpacesAlgebraic TopologyManifoldsLie GroupsClifford GroupsRiemannian ManifoldsFiber BundlesCategories and Functors Readership: Students in mathematics and physics who want to explore a level deeper into actual mathematical content. Keywords: Gauge Theory;Spinor;Clifford Algebra;Homology;Homotopy;Differential Geometry;Lie Group;Lie Algebra;Pauli Matrix;Dirac Matrix;Riemannian Geometry;Parallel Transport;Ricci Curvature;Divergence;Ehresmann ConnectionReview: Key Features: The approach taken by this book to the subject material differs from other titles in that it is intuitive and visual yet also mathematically rigorous, allowing concise coverage of a large breadth of material and providing a cross-subject synthesis while at the same time serving as a useful referenceThe book is also unique in that it can be used in three ways: as the basis for a course, as a supporting text for related courses, and as a reference. These uses could apply to both undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, there is a substantial audience for the book among independent researchers, amateur physicists, and readers of popular science who want to explore a level deeper into actual mathematical contentThe treatments of Riemannian geometry, Clifford algebras, and fiber bundles are particularly notable, including detailed figures and geometric viewpoints that would seem to be novel to the literature

Analysis On Manifolds

Author: James R. Munkres
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 042996269X
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A readable introduction to the subject of calculus on arbitrary surfaces or manifolds. Accessible to readers with knowledge of basic calculus and linear algebra. Sections include series of problems to reinforce concepts.

Differential Geometry Of Curves And Surfaces

Author: Manfredo P. do Carmo
Publisher: Courier Dover Publications
ISBN: 0486806995
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One of the most widely used texts in its field, this volume introduces the differential geometry of curves and surfaces in both local and global aspects. The presentation departs from the traditional approach with its more extensive use of elementary linear algebra and its emphasis on basic geometrical facts rather than machinery or random details. Many examples and exercises enhance the clear, well-written exposition, along with hints and answers to some of the problems. The treatment begins with a chapter on curves, followed by explorations of regular surfaces, the geometry of the Gauss map, the intrinsic geometry of surfaces, and global differential geometry. Suitable for advanced undergraduates and graduate students of mathematics, this text's prerequisites include an undergraduate course in linear algebra and some familiarity with the calculus of several variables. For this second edition, the author has corrected, revised, and updated the entire volume.

General Relativity

Author: M. P. Hobson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521829519
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General Relativity: An Introduction for Physicists provides a clear mathematical introduction to Einstein's theory of general relativity. It presents a wide range of applications of the theory, concentrating on its physical consequences. After reviewing the basic concepts, the authors present a clear and intuitive discussion of the mathematical background, including the necessary tools of tensor calculus and differential geometry. These tools are then used to develop the topic of special relativity and to discuss electromagnetism in Minkowski spacetime. Gravitation as spacetime curvature is then introduced and the field equations of general relativity derived. After applying the theory to a wide range of physical situations, the book concludes with a brief discussion of classical field theory and the derivation of general relativity from a variational principle. Written for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, this approachable textbook contains over 300 exercises to illuminate and extend the discussion in the text.

Geometric Mechanics And Symmetry

Author: Darryl D. Holm
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199212902
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Geometric Mechanics and Symmetry is a friendly and fast-paced introduction to the geometric approach to classical mechanics, suitable for a one- or two- semester course for beginning graduate students or advanced undergraduates. It fills a gap between traditional classical mechanics texts and advanced modern mathematical treatments of the subject.The modern geometric approach illuminates and unifies manyseemingly disparate mechanical problems from several areas of science and engineering. In particular, the book concentrates on the similarities between finite-dimensional rigid body motion and infinite-dimensional systems such asfluid flow. The illustrations and examples, together with a large number of exercises, both solved and unsolved, make the book particularly useful.