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Topics in Differential Geometry
 
Peter W. Michor Universität Wien, Wien, Austria and Erwin Schrödinger Institut für Mathematische Physik, Wien, Austria
Topics in Differential Geometry
Hardcover ISBN:  978-0-8218-2003-2
Product Code:  GSM/93
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eBook ISBN:  978-1-4704-1161-9
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Hardcover ISBN:  978-0-8218-2003-2
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Topics in Differential Geometry
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Topics in Differential Geometry
Peter W. Michor Universität Wien, Wien, Austria and Erwin Schrödinger Institut für Mathematische Physik, Wien, Austria
Hardcover ISBN:  978-0-8218-2003-2
Product Code:  GSM/93
List Price: $135.00
MAA Member Price: $121.50
AMS Member Price: $108.00
eBook ISBN:  978-1-4704-1161-9
Product Code:  GSM/93.E
List Price: $85.00
MAA Member Price: $76.50
AMS Member Price: $68.00
Hardcover ISBN:  978-0-8218-2003-2
eBook ISBN:  978-1-4704-1161-9
Product Code:  GSM/93.B
List Price: $220.00 $177.50
MAA Member Price: $198.00 $159.75
AMS Member Price: $176.00 $142.00
  • Book Details
     
     
    Graduate Studies in Mathematics
    Volume: 932008; 494 pp
    MSC: Primary 53;

    This book treats the fundamentals of differential geometry: manifolds, flows, Lie groups and their actions, invariant theory, differential forms and de Rham cohomology, bundles and connections, Riemann manifolds, isometric actions, and symplectic and Poisson geometry.

    The layout of the material stresses naturality and functoriality from the beginning and is as coordinate-free as possible. Coordinate formulas are always derived as extra information. Some attractive unusual aspects of this book are as follows:

    • Initial submanifolds and the Frobenius theorem for distributions of nonconstant rank (the Stefan-Sussman theory) are discussed.
    • Lie groups and their actions are treated early on, including the slice theorem and invariant theory.
    • De Rham cohomology includes that of compact Lie groups, leading to the study of (nonabelian) extensions of Lie algebras and Lie groups.
    • The Frölicher-Nijenhuis bracket for tangent bundle valued differential forms is used to express any kind of curvature and second Bianchi identity, even for fiber bundles (without structure groups). Riemann geometry starts with a careful treatment of connections to geodesic structures to sprays to connectors and back to connections, going via the second and third tangent bundles. The Jacobi flow on the second tangent bundle is a new aspect coming from this point of view.
    • Symplectic and Poisson geometry emphasizes group actions, momentum mappings, and reductions.

    This book gives the careful reader working knowledge in a wide range of topics of modern coordinate-free differential geometry in not too many pages. A prerequisite for using this book is a good knowledge of undergraduate analysis and linear algebra.

    Readership

    Graduate students, research mathematicians and physicists interested in differential geometry, mechanics, and relativity.

  • Table of Contents
     
     
    • Chapters
    • Chapter I. Manifolds and vector fields
    • Chapter II. Lie groups and group actions
    • Chapter III. Differential forms and de Rham cohomology
    • Chapter IV. Bundles and connections
    • Chapter V. Riemann manifolds
    • Chapter VI. Isometric group actions or Riemann $G$-manifolds
    • Chapter VII. Symplectic and Poisson geometry
  • Reviews
     
     
    • ...remarkably effective. ... Michors book is a truly marvelous pick from which to learn a lot of beautiful, important, and current mathematics.

      MAA Reviews
    • Throughout the book the author stresses the development of short exact sequences and takes evident delight in the applications that ensue. For the reviewer, this is one of the most enjoyable qualities of the text. The text is a treasure, and will open up to the diligent and patient reader a vast panorama of modern differential geometry.

      Mathematical Reviews
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Volume: 932008; 494 pp
MSC: Primary 53;

This book treats the fundamentals of differential geometry: manifolds, flows, Lie groups and their actions, invariant theory, differential forms and de Rham cohomology, bundles and connections, Riemann manifolds, isometric actions, and symplectic and Poisson geometry.

The layout of the material stresses naturality and functoriality from the beginning and is as coordinate-free as possible. Coordinate formulas are always derived as extra information. Some attractive unusual aspects of this book are as follows:

  • Initial submanifolds and the Frobenius theorem for distributions of nonconstant rank (the Stefan-Sussman theory) are discussed.
  • Lie groups and their actions are treated early on, including the slice theorem and invariant theory.
  • De Rham cohomology includes that of compact Lie groups, leading to the study of (nonabelian) extensions of Lie algebras and Lie groups.
  • The Frölicher-Nijenhuis bracket for tangent bundle valued differential forms is used to express any kind of curvature and second Bianchi identity, even for fiber bundles (without structure groups). Riemann geometry starts with a careful treatment of connections to geodesic structures to sprays to connectors and back to connections, going via the second and third tangent bundles. The Jacobi flow on the second tangent bundle is a new aspect coming from this point of view.
  • Symplectic and Poisson geometry emphasizes group actions, momentum mappings, and reductions.

This book gives the careful reader working knowledge in a wide range of topics of modern coordinate-free differential geometry in not too many pages. A prerequisite for using this book is a good knowledge of undergraduate analysis and linear algebra.

Readership

Graduate students, research mathematicians and physicists interested in differential geometry, mechanics, and relativity.

  • Chapters
  • Chapter I. Manifolds and vector fields
  • Chapter II. Lie groups and group actions
  • Chapter III. Differential forms and de Rham cohomology
  • Chapter IV. Bundles and connections
  • Chapter V. Riemann manifolds
  • Chapter VI. Isometric group actions or Riemann $G$-manifolds
  • Chapter VII. Symplectic and Poisson geometry
  • ...remarkably effective. ... Michors book is a truly marvelous pick from which to learn a lot of beautiful, important, and current mathematics.

    MAA Reviews
  • Throughout the book the author stresses the development of short exact sequences and takes evident delight in the applications that ensue. For the reviewer, this is one of the most enjoyable qualities of the text. The text is a treasure, and will open up to the diligent and patient reader a vast panorama of modern differential geometry.

    Mathematical Reviews
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Desk Copy – for instructors who have adopted an AMS textbook for a course
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