Curvature in Mathematics and Physics

Curvature in Mathematics and Physics

by Shlomo Sternberg

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Overview

This original text for courses in differential geometry is geared toward advanced undergraduate and graduate majors in math and physics. Based on an advanced class taught by a world-renowned mathematician for more than fifty years, the treatment introduces semi-Riemannian geometry and its principal physical application, Einstein's theory of general relativity, using the Cartan exterior calculus as a principal tool.
Starting with an introduction to the various curvatures associated to a hypersurface embedded in Euclidean space, the text advances to a brief review of the differential and integral calculus on manifolds. A discussion of the fundamental notions of linear connections and their curvatures follows, along with considerations of Levi-Civita's theorem, bi-invariant metrics on a Lie group, Cartan calculations, Gauss's lemma, and variational formulas. Additional topics include the Hopf-Rinow, Myer's, and Frobenius theorems; special and general relativity; connections on principal and associated bundles; the star operator; superconnections; semi-Riemannian submersions; and Petrov types. Prerequisites include linear algebra and advanced calculus, preferably in the language of differential forms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486478555
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 09/19/2012
Series: Dover Books on Mathematics Series
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 625,067
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Gauss's Theorem Egregium
2. Rules of Calculus
3. Connections on the Tangent Bundle
4. Levi-Civita's Theorem
5. Bi-invariant Metrics on a Lie Group
6. Cartan Calculations
7. Gauss's Lemma
8. Variational Formulas
9. The Hopf-Rinow Theorem
10. Curvature, Distance and Volume
11.Review of Special Relativity
12. The Star Operator and Electromagnetism
13. Preliminaries to the Einstein Equation
14. Die Grundlagen der Physik
15. The Frobenius Theorem
16. Connections on Principal Bundles
17. Reduction of Principal Bundles
18. Superconnections
19. Semi-Riemannian Submersions
Bibliography
Index

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