Differential Geometry for Physicists and Mathematicians

Author: José G Vargas
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814566411
Format: PDF, ePub
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This is a book that the author wishes had been available to him when he was student. It reflects his interest in knowing (like expert mathematicians) the most relevant mathematics for theoretical physics, but in the style of physicists. This means that one is not facing the study of a collection of definitions, remarks, theorems, corollaries, lemmas, etc. but a narrative — almost like a story being told — that does not impede sophistication and deep results. It covers differential geometry far beyond what general relativists perceive they need to know. And it introduces readers to other areas of mathematics that are of interest to physicists and mathematicians, but are largely overlooked. Among these is Clifford Algebra and its uses in conjunction with differential forms and moving frames. It opens new research vistas that expand the subject matter. In an appendix on the classical theory of curves and surfaces, the author slashes not only the main proofs of the traditional approach, which uses vector calculus, but even existing treatments that also use differential forms for the same purpose. Contents:Introduction:OrientationsTools:Differential FormsVector Spaces and Tensor ProductsExterior DifferentiationTwo Klein Geometries:Affine Klein GeometryEuclidean Klein GeometryCartan Connections:Generalized Geometry Made SimpleAffine ConnectionsEuclidean ConnectionsRiemannian Spaces and Pseudo-SpacesThe Future?:Extensions of CartanUnderstand the Past to Imagine the FutureA Book of Farewells Readership: Physicists and mathematicians working on differential geometry. Keywords:Differential Geometry;Differential Forms;Moving Frames;Exterior CalculusKey Features:Reader FriendlyNaturalnessRespect for the history of the subject and related incisiveness

Differential Geometry for Physicists and Mathematicians

Author: José G. Vargas
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company Incorporated
ISBN: 9789814566391
Format: PDF, ePub
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I. Introduction. 1. Orientations -- II. Tools. 2. Differential forms -- 3. Vector spaces and tensor products -- 4. Exterior differentiation -- III. Two Klein geometries. 5. Affine Klein geometry -- 6. Euclidean Klein geometry -- IV. Cartan connections. 7. Generalized geometry made simple -- 8. Affine connections -- 9. Euclidean connections -- 10. Riemannian spaces and pseudo-spaces -- V. The future? 11. Extensions of Cartan -- 12. Understand the past to imagine the future -- 13. A book of farewells

Quantum Field Theory III Gauge Theory

Author: Eberhard Zeidler
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3642224210
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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In this third volume of his modern introduction to quantum field theory, Eberhard Zeidler examines the mathematical and physical aspects of gauge theory as a principle tool for describing the four fundamental forces which act in the universe: gravitative, electromagnetic, weak interaction and strong interaction. Volume III concentrates on the classical aspects of gauge theory, describing the four fundamental forces by the curvature of appropriate fiber bundles. This must be supplemented by the crucial, but elusive quantization procedure. The book is arranged in four sections, devoted to realizing the universal principle force equals curvature: Part I: The Euclidean Manifold as a Paradigm Part II: Ariadne's Thread in Gauge Theory Part III: Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity Part IV: Ariadne's Thread in Cohomology For students of mathematics the book is designed to demonstrate that detailed knowledge of the physical background helps to reveal interesting interrelationships among diverse mathematical topics. Physics students will be exposed to a fairly advanced mathematics, beyond the level covered in the typical physics curriculum. Quantum Field Theory builds a bridge between mathematicians and physicists, based on challenging questions about the fundamental forces in the universe (macrocosmos), and in the world of elementary particles (microcosmos).

Topics in Contemporary Mathematical Physics

Author: Kai S Lam
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN: 981466782X
Format: PDF, Docs
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This new (second) edition contains a general treatment of quantum field theory (QFT) in a simple scalar field setting in addition to the modern material on the applications of differential geometry and topology, group theory, and the theory of linear operators to physics found in the first edition. All these are introduced without assuming more background on the part of the reader than a good foundation in undergraduate (junior) level mathematical physics. The new material entirely focuses on an introduction to quantum field theory, emphasizing the Feynman path (functional integral) approach to QFT and the renormalization group. With respect to the latter, the focus is on an introduction of its application to critical phenomena in statistical physics, following the outgrowth of the Callan–Symanzik equation originally developed in the context of high energy physics, and the seminal contributions of Kenneth Wilson. One of the overriding aims of the new material is also to draw students' attention to the deep connections between high energy physics and statistical mechanics. The unavoidable technical aspects are explained with a minimum of prerequisite material and jargon, and conceptual understanding is always given prominence before mastery of technical details, but the importance of the latter is never underestimated. Derivational details and motivational discussions are provided in abundance in order to ensure continuity of reading, and to avoid trying the readers' patience.

The Story of Mathematics

Author: Lloyd Motz
Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)
ISBN: 9780306445088
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Traces the development of mathematics from its primitive times to current calculations done on computers

Complete and Compact Minimal Surfaces

Author: Kichoon Yang
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780792303992
Format: PDF, ePub
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'Et moi, ... , si j'avait su comment en reveni.r, One service mathematics has rendered the je n'y serais point aile.' human race. It has put common sense back Jules Verne where it belongs. on the topmost shelf next to the dusty canister labelled 'discarded non­ 111e series is divergent; therefore we may be sense'. Eric T. Bell able to do something with it. O. Heaviside Mathematics is a tool for thought. A highly necessary tool in a world where both feedback and non­ linearities abound. Similarly, all kinds of parts of mathematics serve as tools for other parts and for other sciences. Applying a simple rewriting rule to the quote on the right above one finds such statements as: 'One service topology has rendered mathematical physics .. .'; 'One service logic has rendered com­ puter science .. .'; 'One service category theory has rendered mathematics .. .'. All arguably true. And all statements obtainable this way form part of the raison d'etre of this series.