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The Laplacian on a Riemannian Manifold

The Laplacian on a Riemannian Manifold
An Introduction to Analysis on Manifolds

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  • Date Published: January 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521468312

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  • This text on analysis on Riemannian manifolds is a thorough introduction to topics covered in advanced research monographs on Atiyah-Singer index theory. The main theme is the study of heat flow associated to the Laplacians on differential forms. This provides a unified treatment of Hodge theory and the supersymmetric proof of the Chern-Gauss-Bonnet theorem. In particular, there is a careful treatment of the heat kernel for the Laplacian on functions. The author develops the Atiyah-Singer index theorem and its applications (without complete proofs) via the heat equation method. Rosenberg also treats zeta functions for Laplacians and analytic torsion, and lays out the recently uncovered relation between index theory and analytic torsion. The text is aimed at students who have had a first course in differentiable manifolds, and the author develops the Riemannian geometry used from the beginning. There are over 100 exercises with hints.

    • Based on courses given in the US and UK
    • More modern treatment than competitors
    • There are over 100 exercises with hints
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    "The book is well written.... This book provides a very readable introduction to heat kernal methods and it can be strongly recommended for graduate students of mathematics looking for a thorough introduction to the topic." Friedbert PrÜfer, Mathematical Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521468312
    • length: 188 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.286kg
    • contains: 50 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The Laplacian on a Riemannian manifold
    2. Elements of differential geometry
    3. The construction of the heat kernel
    4. The heat equation approach to the Atiyah-Singer index theorem
    5. Zeta functions of Laplacians
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Steven Rosenberg, Boston University

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