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Elementary Differential Geometry

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  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521721493

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  • The link between the physical world and its visualization is geometry. This easy-to-read, generously illustrated textbook presents an elementary introduction to differential geometry with emphasis on geometric results. Avoiding formalism as much as possible, the author harnesses basic mathematical skills in analysis and linear algebra to solve interesting geometric problems, which prepare students for more advanced study in mathematics and other scientific fields such as physics and computer science. The wide range of topics includes curve theory, a detailed study of surfaces, curvature, variation of area and minimal surfaces, geodesics, spherical and hyperbolic geometry, the divergence theorem, triangulations, and the Gauss–Bonnet theorem. The section on cartography demonstrates the concrete importance of elementary differential geometry in applications. Clearly developed arguments and proofs, colour illustrations, and over 100 exercises and solutions make this book ideal for courses and self-study. The only prerequisites are one year of undergraduate calculus and linear algebra.

    • Assumes only one year of undergraduate calculus and linear algebra
    • Equips the reader for further study in mathematics as well as other fields such as physics and computer science
    • Over 100 exercises and solutions
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    "A terrific new book on differential geometry: a preliminary chapter eases the way from the familiar axiomatic treatment into the differential perspective. There are also very good discussions about discrete approximations to curves and surfaces, a complete proof of the existence of triangulations on surfaces, and a beautiful discussion of cartography and constant curvature geometries. Baer provides plenty of intuition and many examples, while not stinting on the rigor."
    Rafe Mazzeo, Stanford University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521721493
    • length: 330 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 175 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 147 b/w illus. 4 colour illus. 125 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Euclidean geometry
    2. Curve theory
    3. Classical surface theory
    4. The inner geometry of surfaces
    5. Geometry and analysis
    6. Geometry and topology
    7. Hints for solutions to (most) exercises
    List of symbols

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Concepts in Modern Mathematics
    • Differential Geometry
    • Independent study/Modern Geometry
  • Author

    Christian Bär, Universität Potsdam, Germany
    Christian Bär is Professor of Geometry in the Institute for Mathematics at the University of Potsdam, Germany.

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