By Jacques Lafontaine

This booklet is an advent to differential manifolds. It provides strong preliminaries for extra complex issues: Riemannian manifolds, differential topology, Lie thought. It presupposes little history: the reader is just anticipated to grasp uncomplicated differential calculus, and a bit point-set topology. The ebook covers the most themes of differential geometry: manifolds, tangent area, vector fields, differential varieties, Lie teams, and some extra refined issues reminiscent of de Rham cohomology, measure idea and the Gauss-Bonnet theorem for surfaces.

Its ambition is to offer sturdy foundations. specifically, the creation of “abstract” notions corresponding to manifolds or differential kinds is inspired through questions and examples from arithmetic or theoretical physics. greater than one hundred fifty routines, a few of them effortless and classical, a few others extra refined, can assist the newbie in addition to the extra professional reader. options are supplied for many of them.

The ebook will be of curiosity to numerous readers: undergraduate and graduate scholars for a primary touch to differential manifolds, mathematicians from different fields and physicists who desire to collect a few feeling approximately this pretty theory.

The unique French textual content advent aux variétés différentielles has been a best-seller in its class in France for plenty of years.

Jacques Lafontaine was once successively assistant Professor at Paris Diderot college and Professor on the collage of Montpellier, the place he's almost immediately emeritus. His major examine pursuits are Riemannian and pseudo-Riemannian geometry, together with a few elements of mathematical relativity. in addition to his own learn articles, he was once serious about numerous textbooks and study monographs.

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In mathematical terms this means (AI) A(t) is positive definite if ti > 0 for all i = 1, ... , m. To exclude trivial situations we assume (A2) V>O, fki=O fork=l, ... ,p. Our results do not need that the A;'s are dyadic products. All we require is that Ai is positive semi-definite for i == 1, ... , m. (A3) For convenience we "decompose" the set of feasible (t, x) vectors into a t-part, which collects all feasible truss structures T:= m {t E lRm l2:t; = ;=1 V, ti 2: 0 for all i == 1, ... p 1 A(t)xk = fk for all k == 1, ...

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