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Cartan for Beginners: Differential Geometry via Moving Frames and Exterior Differential Systems
 
Thomas A. Ivey College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
J. M. Landsberg Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Cartan for Beginners
Now available in new edition: GSM/175
Cartan for Beginners
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Cartan for Beginners: Differential Geometry via Moving Frames and Exterior Differential Systems
Thomas A. Ivey College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
J. M. Landsberg Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Now available in new edition: GSM/175
  • Book Details
     
     
    Graduate Studies in Mathematics
    Volume: 612003; 378 pp
    MSC: Primary 53; Secondary 58; 35; 14

    Now available in Second Edition: GSM/175

    This book is an introduction to Cartan's approach to differential geometry. Two central methods in Cartan's geometry are the theory of exterior differential systems and the method of moving frames. This book presents thorough and modern treatments of both subjects, including their applications to both classic and contemporary problems.

    It begins with the classical geometry of surfaces and basic Riemannian geometry in the language of moving frames, along with an elementary introduction to exterior differential systems. Key concepts are developed incrementally with motivating examples leading to definitions, theorems, and proofs.

    Once the basics of the methods are established, the authors develop applications and advanced topics. One notable application is to complex algebraic geometry, where they expand and update important results from projective differential geometry.

    The book features an introduction to \(G\)-structures and a treatment of the theory of connections. The Cartan machinery is also applied to obtain explicit solutions of PDEs via Darboux's method, the method of characteristics, and Cartan's method of equivalence.

    This text is suitable for a one-year graduate course in differential geometry, and parts of it can be used for a one-semester course. It has numerous exercises and examples throughout. It will also be useful to experts in areas such as PDEs and algebraic geometry who want to learn how moving frames and exterior differential systems apply to their fields.

    Readership

    Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in differential geometry and exterior differential systems.

  • Table of Contents
     
     
    • Chapters
    • Chapter 1. Moving frames and exterior differential systems
    • Chapter 2. Euclidean geometry and Riemannian geometry
    • Chapter 3. Projective geometry
    • Chapter 4. Cartan-Kähler I: Linear algebra and constant-coefficient homogeneous systems
    • Chapter 5. Cartan-Kähler II: The Cartan algorithm for linear Pfaffian systems
    • Chapter 6. Applications to PDE
    • Chapter 7. Cartan-Kähler III: The general case
    • Chapter 8. Geometric structures and connections
    • Appendix A. Linear algebra and representation theory
    • Appendix B. Differential forms
    • Appendix C. Complex structures and complex manifolds
    • Appendix D. Initial value problems
    • Hints and answers to selected exercises
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Volume: 612003; 378 pp
MSC: Primary 53; Secondary 58; 35; 14

Now available in Second Edition: GSM/175

This book is an introduction to Cartan's approach to differential geometry. Two central methods in Cartan's geometry are the theory of exterior differential systems and the method of moving frames. This book presents thorough and modern treatments of both subjects, including their applications to both classic and contemporary problems.

It begins with the classical geometry of surfaces and basic Riemannian geometry in the language of moving frames, along with an elementary introduction to exterior differential systems. Key concepts are developed incrementally with motivating examples leading to definitions, theorems, and proofs.

Once the basics of the methods are established, the authors develop applications and advanced topics. One notable application is to complex algebraic geometry, where they expand and update important results from projective differential geometry.

The book features an introduction to \(G\)-structures and a treatment of the theory of connections. The Cartan machinery is also applied to obtain explicit solutions of PDEs via Darboux's method, the method of characteristics, and Cartan's method of equivalence.

This text is suitable for a one-year graduate course in differential geometry, and parts of it can be used for a one-semester course. It has numerous exercises and examples throughout. It will also be useful to experts in areas such as PDEs and algebraic geometry who want to learn how moving frames and exterior differential systems apply to their fields.

Readership

Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in differential geometry and exterior differential systems.

  • Chapters
  • Chapter 1. Moving frames and exterior differential systems
  • Chapter 2. Euclidean geometry and Riemannian geometry
  • Chapter 3. Projective geometry
  • Chapter 4. Cartan-Kähler I: Linear algebra and constant-coefficient homogeneous systems
  • Chapter 5. Cartan-Kähler II: The Cartan algorithm for linear Pfaffian systems
  • Chapter 6. Applications to PDE
  • Chapter 7. Cartan-Kähler III: The general case
  • Chapter 8. Geometric structures and connections
  • Appendix A. Linear algebra and representation theory
  • Appendix B. Differential forms
  • Appendix C. Complex structures and complex manifolds
  • Appendix D. Initial value problems
  • Hints and answers to selected exercises
Review Copy – for publishers of book reviews
Permission – for use of book, eBook, or Journal content
Accessibility – to request an alternate format of an AMS title
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