From Calculus to Cohomology: De Rham Cohomology and Characteristic Classes / Edition 1

From Calculus to Cohomology: De Rham Cohomology and Characteristic Classes / Edition 1

ISBN-10:
0521589568
ISBN-13:
9780521589567
Pub. Date:
01/28/1997
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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From Calculus to Cohomology: De Rham Cohomology and Characteristic Classes / Edition 1

De Rham cohomology is the cohomology of differential forms. This book offers a self-contained exposition to this subject and to the theory of characteristic classes from the curvature point of view. It requires no prior knowledge of the concepts of algebraic topology or cohomology. The first ten chapters study cohomology of open sets in Euclidean space, treat smooth manifolds and their cohomology and end with integration on manifolds. The last eleven chapters cover Morse theory, index of vector fields, Poincaré duality, vector bundles, connections and curvature, Chern and Euler classes, Thom isomorphism, and the general Gauss-Bonnet theorem. The text includes over 150 exercises, and gives the background necessary for the modern developments in gauge theory and geometry in four dimensions, but it also serves as an introductory course in algebraic topology. It will be invaluable to anyone who wishes to know about cohomology, curvature, and their applications.

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ISBN-13: 9780521589567
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/28/1997
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The alternating algebra; 3. De Rham cohomology; 4. Chain complexes and their cohomology; 5. The Mayer-Vietoris sequence; 6. Homotopy; 7. Applications of De Rham cohomology; 8. Smooth manifolds; 9. Differential forms on smooth manifolds; 10. Integration on manifolds; 11. Degree, linking numbers and index of vector fields; 12. The Poincaré-Hopf theorem; 13. Poincaré duality; 14. The complex projective space CPn; 15. Fiber bundles and vector bundles; 16. Operations on vector bundles and their sections; 17. Connections and curvature; 18. Characteristic classes of complex vector bundles; 19. The Euler class; 20. Cohomology of projective and Grassmanian bundles; 21. Thom isomorphism and the general Gauss-Bonnet formula.

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