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A New Approach to Differential Geometry using Clifford's Geometric Algebra

Snygg, John

2012, XVII, 465p. 102 illus..

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  • Includes chapter-by-chapter exercises
  • Provides a rare undergraduate-level approach to the subject matter
  • Promotes the application of Clifford algebra to differential geometry
  • Presents a significant portion of general relativity without reference to such Newtonian terms as "force", "momentum", or "energy"
  • Only up-to-date title of its kind

Differential geometry is the study of curvature and calculus of curves and surfaces.  Because of an historical accident, the Geometric Algebra devised by William Kingdom Clifford (1845–1879) has been overlooked in favor of the more complicated and less powerful formalism of differential forms and tangent vectors to deal with differential geometry.  Fortuitously a student who has completed an undergraduate course in linear algebra is better prepared to deal with the intricacies of Clifford algebra than with the formalism currently used.  Clifford algebra enables one to demonstrate a close relation between curvature and certain rotations.  This is an advantage both conceptually and computationally—particularly in higher dimensions.

Key features and topics include:

* a unique undergraduate-level approach to differential geometry;

* brief biographies of historically relevant mathematicians and physicists;

* some aspects of special and general relativity accessible to undergraduates with no knowledge of Newtonian physics;

* chapter-by-chapter exercises.

The textbook will also serve as a useful classroom resource primarily for undergraduates as well as beginning-level graduate students; researchers in the algebra and physics communities may also find the book useful as a self-study guide.

Content Level » Upper undergraduate

Keywords » Clifford algebra - Gauss-Bonnet formula - Taylor's series - curved spaces - differential geometry - general relativity - non-Euclidean geometry

Related subjects » Birkhäuser Mathematics - Birkhäuser Physics

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