From Vectors to Tensors / Edition 1

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This textbook deals with tensors that are treated as vectors. Coverage details such new tensor concepts as the rotation of tensors, the transposer tensor, the eigentensors, and the permutation tensor structure. The book covers an existing gap between the classic theory of tensors and the possibility of solving tensor problems with a computer. A complementary computer package, written in Mathematica, is available through the Internet.

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"The book bridges a gap between the classical theory of tensors and the possibility of solving tensor problems with a computer. … For the first time, tensor contraction is formulated in terms of matrix operations. … Addressed primarily to students of engineering, applied mathematics and mathematical physics, this unconventional approach to tensors is original for its orientation, its novel concepts, the choice of notation and the stretching-condensing techniques applied to most of the transformations used." (Bulletin Bibliographique, 51:1-2, 2005)

"In this textbook, the authors present a new and, to some extent, unconventional approach to tensors … . This volume gives a thorough treatment of the topic of sensors. … the exposition of the book is a very transparent one and a pleasure to read. … Primary addressees of the book are (graduate) students in applied mathematics, mathematical physics, and engineering sciences as well. Moreover, the book can be recommended without reservations to instructors … ." (A. R. Kräuter, Internationale Mathematische Nachrichten, Issue 203, 2006)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540228875
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 1/12/2005
  • Series: Universitext Series
  • Edition description: 2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 670
  • Sales rank: 1,286,048
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Enrique Castillo is Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Cantabria in Santander (Spain). He is a Mathematician and a Civil engineer and Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering. He has taught at several other universities in the Europe and America. The author/coauthor of eleven other books in English and fourteen in Spanish, and more than 300 papers in journals and Congresses. More information can be found at his Web site:

Juan R. Ruiz-Tolosa is an Industrial and Civil Engineer and has been Professor of Algebra, Tensors, Topology, Differential Geometry and Calculus at the Civil Engineering School, University of Cantabria for 30 years. His field of research includes Number Theory, Euclidean Geometry, Elliptic Integrals, Algebraic Roots of Equations, etc.

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Table of Contents

Basic Tensor Algebra.- Tensor Spaces.- to Tensors.- Homogeneous Tensors.- Change-of-basis in Tensor Spaces.- Homogeneous Tensor Algebra: Tensor Homomorphisms.- Special Tensors.- Symmetric Homogeneous Tensors: Tensor Algebras.- Anti-symmetric Homogeneous Tensors, Tensor and Inner Product Algebras.- Pseudotensors; Modular, Relative or Weighted Tensors.- Exterior Algebras.- Exterior Algebras: Totally Anti-symmetric Homogeneous Tensor Algebras.- Mixed Exterior Algebras.- Tensors over Linear Spaces with Inner Product.- Euclidean Homogeneous Tensors.- Modular Tensors over En (IR) Euclidean Spaces.- Euclidean Exterior Algebra.- Classic Tensors in Geometry and Mechanics.- Affine Tensors.

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