Differentiable Manifolds

A Theoretical Physics Approach

Authors: Torres del Castillo, Gerardo F.

  • Introduces differentiable manifolds using a theoretical physics approach; unique book in the literature
  • Provides a collection of exercises of varying degrees of difficulty
  • Includes applications to differential geometry and general relativity
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About this Textbook

This textbook explores the theory behind differentiable manifolds and investigates various physics applications along the way. Basic concepts, such as differentiable manifolds, differentiable mappings, tangent vectors, vector fields, and differential forms, are briefly introduced in the first three chapters. Chapter 4 gives a concise introduction to differential geometry needed in subsequent chapters. Chapters 5 and 6 provide interesting applications to connections and Riemannian manifolds. Lie groups and Hamiltonian mechanics are closely examined in the last two chapters. Included throughout the book are a collection of exercises of varying degrees of difficulty.

Differentiable Manifolds is intended for graduate students and researchers interested in a theoretical physics approach to the subject. Prerequisites include multivariable calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, and a basic knowledge of analytical mechanics.

About the authors

Gerardo Torres del Castillo has published two books previously, both in Birkhauser's Progress in Mathematical Physics series: 3-D Spinors, Spin-Weighted Functions and their Applications, and Spinors in Four-Dimensional Spaces.

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“The purpose of this book is to present some fundamental notions of differentiable geometry of manifolds and some applications in physics. The topics developed in the book are of interest of advanced undergraduate and graduate students in mathematics and physics. The author succeeded to connect differential geometry with mechanics. The computations are clearly explained and the theory is supported by several examples. Throughout the book there is a large collection of exercises … which help the reader to fix the obtained knowledge.” (Marian Ioan Munteanu, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1237, 2012)

“This book presents an introduction to differential geometry and the calculus on manifolds with a view on some of its applications in physics. … The book is primarily oriented towards advanced undergraduate and graduate students in mathematics and physics … . the present author has succeeded in writing a book which has its own flavor and its own emphasis, which makes it certainly a valuable addition to the literature on the subject.” (Frans Cantrijn, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2012 k)


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Differentiable Manifolds
Book Subtitle
A Theoretical Physics Approach
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-0-8176-8271-2
DOI
10.1007/978-0-8176-8271-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-8176-8270-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 275
Number of Illustrations and Tables
20 b/w illustrations
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