Dynamical Systems and Semisimple Groups: An Introductionby Renato Feres
Pub. Date: 04/01/2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The theory of dynamical systems can be described as the study of the global properties of groups of transformations. The historical roots of the subject lie in celestial and statistical mechanics, for which the group is the time parameter. The more general modern theory treats the dynamical properties of the semisimple Lie groups. Some of the most fundamental discoveries in this area are due to the work of G.A. Margulis and R. Zimmer. This book comprises a systematic, self-contained introduction to the Margulis-Zimmer theory, and provides an entry into current research. Assuming only a basic knowledge of manifolds, algebra, and measure theory, this book should appeal to anyone interested in Lie theory, differential geometry and dynamical systems.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Topological dynamics; 2. Ergodic theory - part I; 3. Smooth actions and Lie theory; 4. Algebraic actions; 5. The classical groups; 6. Geometric structures; 7. Semisimple Lie groups; 8. Ergodic theory - part II; 9. Oseledec's theorem; 10. Rigidity theorems; Appendix: Lattices in SL(n, R); References; Index.
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