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## The Geometry of Physics: An Introduction, Revised Edition (Softcover)"This book is intended to provide 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." — From the back cover ## $37.79 |

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Continued from the back cover: “Included are discussions of analytical and fluid dynamics, electromagnetism (in flat and curved spaces), thermodynamics, elasticity theory, the geometry and topology of Kirchhoff’s electric circuit laws, soap films, special and general relativity, the Dirac operator and spinors, and gauge fields, including Yang-Mills, the Aharonov-Bohm effect, Berry phase, and instanton winding numbers. Before discussing abstract notions of differential geometry, geometric intuition is developed through a rather extensive introduction to the study of surfaces in ordinary space; consequently, the book should be of interest also to mathematics students.

“This book will be useful to graduate and advanced undergraduate students of physics, engineering and mathematics. It can be used as a course text or for self study.

“This revised printing contains new corrections and additions and also a new Appendix B, *Harmonic Chains and Kirchhoff’s Circuit Laws*. This appendix, using matrices and linear algebra, gives a concrete and elementary version of cohomology and the Hodge theory of Chapter 14. This yields a systematic ‘geometrical’ description of the Kirchhoff circuit laws (where currents are chains, voltages are cochains, and the ‘admittance’ is the laplacian) and their applications to direct current circuits, first considered from roughly this viewpoint by Hermann Weyl.”

**BRIEF CONTENTS**

**I. Manifolds, Tensors, and Exterior Forms**

- Manifolds and Vector Fields
- Tensors and Exterior Forms
- Integration of Differential Forms
- The Lie Derivative
- The Poincaré Lemma and Potentials
- Holonomic and Nonholonomic Constraints

**II. Geometry and Topology**

**R**and Minkowski Space^{3}- The Geometry of Surfaces in
**R**^{3} - Covariant Differentiation and Curvature
- Geodesics
- Relativity, Tensors, and Curvature
- Curvature and Topology: Synge’s Theorem
- Betti Numbers and De Rham’s Theorem
- Harmonic Forms

**III. Lie Groups, Bundles, and Chern Forms**

- Lie Groups
- Vector Bundles in Geometry and Physics
- Fiber Bundles, Gauss-Bonnet, and Topological Quantization
- Connections and Associated Bundles
- The Dirac Equation
- Yang-Mills Fields
- Betti Numbers and Covering Spaces
- Chern Forms and Homotopy Groups

**Appendices**

- Forms in Continuum Mechanics
- Harmonic Chains and Kirchhoff’s Circuit Laws

The book concludes with References and Index.

## Details

- SKU:
- 2882
- Subject:
- Physics
- Author:
- Frankel, Theodore
- Publisher:
- Cambridge University Press
- Publish Date:
- 2001 (Corrections and Additions)
- Format:
- Softcover
- Weight (pounds):
- 2.67
- Dimensions (W”xL”xH”):
- 7.1″x10″x1.2″
- ISBN-13:
- 9780521387538
- ISBN-10:
- 0521387531
- Grade Level:
- College

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