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Geometry of differential forms / Shigeyuki Morita ; transl. by Teruko Nagase, Katsumi Nomizu

Auteur principal : Morita, Shigeyuki, 1946-, AuteurAuteur secondaire : Nagase, Teruko, Traducteur • Nomizu, Katsumi, 1924-2008, TraducteurType de document : MonographieCollection : Translations of mathematical monographs, 201Langue : anglais.Pays : Etats Unis.Éditeur : Providence, RI : American Mathematical Society, 2001Description : 1 vol. (XXIV-321 p.) : ill. ; 22 cmISBN : 0821810456.ISSN : 0065-9282.Bibliographie : Bibliogr. p. 315-316. Index.Sujet MSC : 58A10, Global analysis, analysis on manifolds -- General theory of differentiable manifolds, Differential forms
58-01, Global analysis, analysis on manifolds, Instructional exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.)
58A05, Global analysis, analysis on manifolds -- General theory of differentiable manifolds, Differentiable manifolds, foundations
58A15, Global analysis, analysis on manifolds -- General theory of differentiable manifolds, Exterior differential systems (Cartan theory)
58A12, Global analysis, analysis on manifolds -- General theory of differentiable manifolds, de Rham theory
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Bibliogr. p. 315-316. Index

This book is a translation of the original version, which was published in two volumes, in Japanese. It essentially covers virtually everything that one would want to see in a course in modern differential geometry.

Chapter 1 begins with the definition of a differentiable manifold and basic associated notions such as tangent vectors and vector fields. Chapter 2 introduces differential forms, defines fundamental operations (exterior product, exterior differentiation, Lie derivative) and gives a proof of the Frobenius theorem. The de Rham theorem is the subject of Chapter 3, which covers de Rham cohomology and applications of the de Rham theorem. Chapter 4 develops the relationship between differential forms and Riemannian metrics. Hodge theory and its applications (Poincaré duality and Euler number) are well covered. The notions of vector bundles and characteristic classes, which are central to modern differential geometry, are developed in Chapter 5. The concepts of connection and curvature in vector bundles are explored here, as well as Pontrjagin classes, Chern classes, Euler classes, and the Gauss-Bonnet theorem.

The last chapter, 6, explains the theory of characteristic classes, which in the words of the author, is truly a summit in modern geometry.

The author concludes with some interesting perspectives on the role played by the modern theory in today’s geometry. The stated goal of the author of providing the reader with the flavor of modern geometry has indeed been accomplished. (Zentralblatt)

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