Introduction to Differential Geometry (Paperback)

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This textbook is suitable for a one semester lecture course on differential geometry for students of mathematics or STEM disciplines with a working knowledge of analysis, linear algebra, complex analysis, and point set topology. The book treats the subject both from an extrinsic and an intrinsic view point.

The first chapters give a historical overview of the field and contain an introduction to basic concepts such as manifolds and smooth maps, vector fields and flows, and Lie groups, leading up to the theorem of Frobenius. Subsequent chapters deal with the Levi-Civita connection, geodesics, the Riemann curvature tensor, a proof of the Cartan-Ambrose-Hicks theorem, as well as applications to flat spaces, symmetric spaces, and constant curvature manifolds. Also included are sections about manifolds with nonpositive sectional curvature, the Ricci tensor, the scalar curvature, and the Weyl tensor.

An additional chapter goes beyond the scope of a one semester lecture course and deals with subjects such as conjugate points and the Morse index, the injectivity radius, the group of isometries and the Myers-Steenrod theorem, and Donaldson's differential geometric approach to Lie algebra theory.

About the Author

Joel Robbin was born in Chicago in 1941 and completed his PhD at Princeton University in 1965 under the direction of Alonzo Church. After a postdoctoral position in Princeton he took up an Assistant Professorship at the University of Wisconsin-Madson in 1967, where he became full Professor in 1973.Joel Robbin began his research in mathematical logic (and wrote a text book on this subject) and later moved on to dynamical systems and symplectic topology. In 1970 he proved a conjecture by Stephen Smale which asserts that Axiom A implies structural stability. His publications include a book on Matrix Algebra and joint book with Ralph Abraham on Transversal Mappings and Flows.He is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.Dietmar Salamon was born in Bremen in 1953 and completed his PhD at the University of Bremen in 1982 under the direction of Diederich Hinrichsen. After postdoctoral positions in Madison and Zurich, he took up a position at the University Warwick in 1986, and moved to ETH Zurich in 1998, where he has been emeritus since 2018. His field of research is symplectic topology and related subjects. He was an invited speaker at the ECM 1992 in Paris, at the ICM 1994 in Zurich, and at the ECM 2000 in Barcelona. He delivered the Andrejewski Lectures in Goettingen (1998) and at the Humboldt Unversity Berlin (2005), and the Xth Lisbon Summer Lectures in Geometry (2009). He is the author of several textbooks and research momgraphs including two joint books with Dusa McDuff entitled Introduction to Sympectic Topology and J-holomorphic Curves and Symplectic Topology for which they were jointly awarded the 2017 Leroy P Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition. He is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and a member of the Academia Europaea.

Product Details
ISBN: 9783662643396
ISBN-10: 3662643391
Publisher: Springer Spektrum
Publication Date: January 13th, 2022
Pages: 418
Language: English