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Differentiable Manifolds

A Theoretical Physics Approach

Authors: Torres del Castillo, Gerardo F.

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  • Introduces differentiable manifolds using a theoretical physics approach
  • Includes applications to differential geometry and general relativity
  • Expands on the first edition with additional examples, more exercises, new topics, and a complete solutions manual
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This textbook gives a concise introduction to the theory of differentiable manifolds, focusing on their applications to differential equations, differential geometry, and Hamiltonian mechanics.

The first three chapters introduce the basic concepts of the theory, such as differentiable maps, tangent vectors, vector and tensor fields, differential forms, local one-parameter groups of diffeomorphisms, and Lie derivatives. These tools are subsequently employed in the study of differential equations, connections, Riemannian manifolds, Lie groups, and Hamiltonian mechanics. Throughout, the book contains examples, worked out in detail, as well as exercises intended to show how the formalism is applied to actual computations and to emphasize the connections among various areas of mathematics.

This second edition greatly expands upon the first by including more examples, additional exercises, and new topics, such as the moment map and fiber bundles. Detailed solutions to every exercise are also provided.

Differentiable Manifolds is addressed to advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate students in mathematics or physics. Prerequisites include multivariable calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, and a basic knowledge of analytical mechanics

Review of the first edition:

This book presents an introduction to differential geometry and the calculus on manifolds with a view on some of its applications in 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

About the authors

Gerardo F. Torres del Castillo is a professor of physics and mathematics at the Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, where he has taught since 1979. He is the author or coauthor of more than 30 papers on classical mechanics. His other published books are Differentiable Manifolds; 3-D Spinors, Spin-Weighted Functions and their Applications; and Spinors in Four-Dimensional Spaces.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Differentiable Manifolds
Book Subtitle
A Theoretical Physics Approach
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-45193-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-45193-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-45192-9
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
X, 444
Number of Illustrations
136 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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