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The Geometry of Physics
An Introduction

3rd Edition

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  • Date Published: November 2011
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107602601

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  • This book provides a working knowledge of those parts of exterior differential forms, differential geometry, algebraic and differential topology, Lie groups, vector bundles and Chern forms that are essential for a deeper understanding of both classical and modern physics and engineering. Included are discussions of analytical and fluid dynamics, electromagnetism (in flat and curved space), thermodynamics, the Dirac operator and spinors, and gauge fields, including Yang–Mills, the Aharonov–Bohm effect, Berry phase and instanton winding numbers, quarks and quark model for mesons. Before discussing abstract notions of differential geometry, geometric intuition is developed through a rather extensive introduction to the study of surfaces in ordinary space. The book is ideal for graduate and advanced undergraduate students of physics, engineering or mathematics as a course text or for self study. This third edition includes an overview of Cartan's exterior differential forms, which previews many of the geometric concepts developed in the text.

    • Develops geometric intuition
    • Presents physical applications
    • Highly readable and includes over 200 exercises
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of previous edition: '… highly readable and enjoyable … The book will make an excellent course text or self-study manual for this interesting subject.' Physics Today

    Review of previous edition: 'This book provides a highly detailed account of the intricacies involved in considering geometrical concepts.' Contemporary Physics

    'If you're looking for a well-written and well-motivated introduction to differential geometry, this one looks hard to beat.' Fernando Q. Gouvêa, MAA Online

    '… a first rate introductory textbook … the style is lively and exposition is clear which make the text easy to read … This book will be beneficial to students and scientists wishing to learn the foundations of differential geometry and algebraic topology as well as geometric formulations of modern physical theories.' Pure and Applied Geophysics

    '… this book should not be missing in any physics or mathematics library.' European Mathematical Society

    'This book is a great read and has a lot to offer to graduate students in both mathematics and physics. I wish I had had it on my desk when I began studying geometry.' AMS Review

    Review of previous edition: 'The layout, the typography and the illustrations of this advanced textbook on modern mathematical methods are all very impressive and so are the topics covered in the text.' Zentralblatt für Mathematik und ihre Grenzgebiete

    '… contains a wealth of interesting material for both the beginning and the advanced levels. The writing may feel informal but it is precise - a masterful exposition. Users of this 'introduction' will be well prepared for further study of differential geometry and its use in physics and engineering … As did earlier editions, this third edition will continue to promote the language with which mathematicians and scientists can communicate.' Jay P. Fillmore, SIAM Review

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    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107602601
    • length: 748 pages
    • dimensions: 248 x 174 x 33 mm
    • weight: 1.44kg
    • contains: 260 b/w illus. 205 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the Third Edition
    Preface to the Second Edition
    Preface to the revised printing
    Preface to the First Edition
    Overview
    Part I. Manifolds, Tensors, and Exterior Forms:
    1. Manifolds and vector fields
    2. Tensors and exterior forms
    3. Integration of differential forms
    4. The Lie derivative
    5. The Poincaré Lemma and potentials
    6. Holonomic and nonholonomic constraints
    Part II. Geometry and Topology:
    7. R3 and Minkowski space
    8. The geometry of surfaces in R3
    9. Covariant differentiation and curvature
    10. Geodesics
    11. Relativity, tensors, and curvature
    12. Curvature and topology: Synge's theorem
    13. Betti numbers and De Rham's theorem
    14. Harmonic forms
    Part III. Lie Groups, Bundles, and Chern Forms:
    15. Lie groups
    16. Vector bundles in geometry and physics
    17. Fiber bundles, Gauss–Bonnet, and topological quantization
    18. Connections and associated bundles
    19. The Dirac equation
    20. Yang–Mills fields
    21. Betti numbers and covering spaces
    22. Chern forms and homotopy groups
    Appendix A. Forms in continuum mechanics
    Appendix B. Harmonic chains and Kirchhoff's circuit laws
    Appendix C. Symmetries, quarks, and Meson masses
    Appendix D. Representations and hyperelastic bodies
    Appendix E. Orbits and Morse–Bott theory in compact Lie groups.

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    The Geometry of Physics

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    Theodore Frankel received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, San Diego.

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