By Jacques Lafontaine
This ebook is an advent to differential manifolds. It provides good preliminaries for extra complex themes: Riemannian manifolds, differential topology, Lie idea. It presupposes little history: the reader is barely anticipated to grasp uncomplicated differential calculus, and a bit point-set topology. The ebook covers the most subject matters of differential geometry: manifolds, tangent house, vector fields, differential varieties, Lie teams, and some extra subtle subject matters resembling de Rham cohomology, measure conception and the Gauss-Bonnet theorem for surfaces.
Its ambition is to provide stable foundations. particularly, the advent of “abstract” notions similar to manifolds or differential types is inspired through questions and examples from arithmetic or theoretical physics. greater than a hundred and fifty workouts, a few of them effortless and classical, a few others extra subtle, might help the newbie in addition to the extra specialist reader. recommendations are supplied for many of them.
The publication will be of curiosity to numerous readers: undergraduate and graduate scholars for a primary touch to differential manifolds, mathematicians from different fields and physicists who desire to collect a few feeling approximately this pretty theory.
The unique French textual content advent aux variétés différentielles has been a best-seller in its classification in France for lots of years.
Jacques Lafontaine was once successively assistant Professor at Paris Diderot college and Professor on the college of Montpellier, the place he's shortly emeritus. His major learn pursuits are Riemannian and pseudo-Riemannian geometry, together with a few points of mathematical relativity. along with his own study articles, he used to be inquisitive about numerous textbooks and learn monographs.
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