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# Geometry of Manifolds

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*Richard L. Bishop; Richard J. Crittenden*

“Our purpose in
writing this book is to put material which we found stimulating and interesting
as graduate students into form. It is intended for individual study and for use
as a text for graduate level courses such as the one from which this material
stems, given by Professor W. Ambrose at MIT in 1958–1959. Previously the
material had been organized in roughly the same form by him and Professor I. M.
Singer, and they in turn drew upon the work of Ehresmann, Chern, and É.
Cartan. Our contributions have been primarily to fill out the material with
details, asides and problems, and to alter notation slightly.

“We believe that this subject matter, besides being an interesting area
for specialization, lends itself especially to a synthesis of several branches
of mathematics, and thus should be studied by a wide spectrum of graduate
students so as to break away from narrow specialization and see how their own
fields are related and applied in other fields. We feel that at least part of
this subject should be of interest not only to those working in geometry, but
also to those in analysis, topology, algebra, and even probability and
astronomy. In order that this book be meaningful, the reader's background
should include real variable theory, linear algebra, and point set
topology.”

—from the Preface

This volume is a reprint with few corrections of the original work published in
1964. Starting with the notion of differential manifolds, the first six
chapters lay a foundation for the study of Riemannian manifolds through
specializing the theory of connections on principle bundles and affine
connections. The geometry of Riemannian manifolds is emphasized, as opposed to
global analysis, so that the theorems of Hopf-Rinow, Hadamard-Cartan, and
Cartan's local isometry theorem are included, but no elliptic operator theory.
Isometric immersions are treated elegantly and from a global viewpoint. In the
final chapter are the more complicated estimates on which much of the research
in Riemannian geometry is based: the Morse index theorem, Synge's theorems on
closed geodesics, Rauch's comparison theorem, and the original proof of the
Bishop volume-comparison theorem (with Myer's Theorem as a corollary).

The first edition of this book was the origin of a modern treatment of global
Riemannian geometry, using the carefully conceived notation that has withstood
the test of time. The primary source material for the book were the papers and
course notes of brilliant geometers, including É. Cartan, C. Ehresmann,
I. M. Singer, and W. Ambrose. It is tightly organized, uniformly very precise,
and amazingly comprehensive for its length.

#### Readership

Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in geometry and topology.

#### Reviews & Endorsements

This book represents an excellent treatment of a wide section of modern differential geometry … The style is elegant and at the same time considerate for the needs of a beginner … a great number of well chosen problems with pertinent references … anybody who chooses to base his course on differential geometry at the graduate level on this book could do no better.

-- Mathematical Reviews

#### Table of Contents

# Table of Contents

## Geometry of Manifolds

- Cover Cover11
- Title page iii4
- Contents v6
- Preface to the new printing ix10
- Preface xi12
- Manifolds 114
- Lie groups 2538
- Fibre bundles 3851
- Differential forms 5366
- Connexions 7487
- Affine connexions 89102
- Riemannian manifolds 122135
- Geodesics and complete Riemannian manifolds 145158
- Riemannian curvature 161174
- Immersions and the second fundamental form 185198
- Second variation of arc length 213226
- Appendix. Theorems on differential equations 258271
- Bibliography 260273
- Subject index 265278
- Back Cover Back Cover1290