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Grundlehren der mathematischen Wissenschaften

Metric Spaces of Non-Positive Curvature

Authors: Bridson, Martin R., Häfliger, André

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The purpose of this book is to describe the global properties of complete simply­ connected spaces that are non-positively curved in the sense of A. D. Alexandrov and to examine the structure of groups that act properly on such spaces by isometries. Thus the central objects of study are metric spaces in which every pair of points can be joined by an arc isometric to a compact interval of the real line and in which every triangle satisfies the CAT(O) inequality. This inequality encapsulates the concept of non-positive curvature in Riemannian geometry and allows one to reflect the same concept faithfully in a much wider setting - that of geodesic metric spaces. Because the CAT(O) condition captures the essence of non-positive curvature so well, spaces that satisfy this condition display many of the elegant features inherent in the geometry of non-positively curved manifolds. There is therefore a great deal to be said about the global structure of CAT(O) spaces, and also about the structure of groups that act on them by isometries - such is the theme of this book. 1 The origins of our study lie in the fundamental work of A. D. Alexandrov .

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Metric Spaces of Non-Positive Curvature
Authors
Series Title
Grundlehren der mathematischen Wissenschaften
Series Volume
319
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-12494-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-12494-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-64324-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-08399-0
Series ISSN
0072-7830
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 643
Topics