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Introduction to Riemannian Manifolds

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Thisbookisdesignedasatextbookforaone-quarterorone-semestergr- uate course on Riemannian geometry, for students who are familiar with topological and di?erentiable manifolds. It focuses on developing an in- mate acquaintance with the geometric meaning of curvature. In so doing, it introduces and demonstrates the uses of all the main technical tools needed for a careful study of Riemannian manifolds. I have selected a set of topics that can reasonably be covered in ten to ?fteen weeks, instead of making any attempt to provide an encyclopedic treatment of the subject. The book begins with a careful treatment of the machineryofmetrics,connections,andgeodesics,withoutwhichonecannot claim to be doing Riemannian geometry. It then introduces the Riemann curvature tensor, and quickly moves on to submanifold theory in order to give the curvature tensor a concrete quantitative interpretation. From then on, all e?orts are bent toward proving the four most fundamental theorems relating curvature and topology: the GaussBonnet theorem (expressing thetotalcurvatureofasurfaceintermsofitstopologicaltype),theCartan Hadamard theorem (restricting the topology of manifolds of nonpositive curvature), Bonnet's theorem (giving analogous restrictions on manifolds of strictly positive curvature), and a special case of the CartanAmbrose Hicks theorem (characterizing manifolds of constant curvature). Many other results and techniques might reasonably claim a place in an introductory Riemannian geometry course, but could not be included due to time constraints.

Easy for instructors to adapt the topical coverage to suit their course Develops an intimate acquaintance with the geometric meaning of curvature
Gives students strong skills via numerous exercises and problem sets
Adapted from Riemannian Manifolds, the new edition has been aptly expanded to cover one or two semesters

John "Jack" M. Lee is a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington. Professor Lee is the author of three highly acclaimed Springer graduate textbooks : Introduction to Smooth Manifolds, (GTM 218) Introduction to Topological Manifolds (GTM 202), and Riemannian Manifolds (GTM 176). Lee's research interests include differential geometry, the Yamabe problem, existence of Einstein metrics, the constraint equations in general relativity, geometry and analysis on CR manifolds.   


This textbook is designed for a one or two semester graduate course on Riemannian geometry for students who are familiar with topological and differentiable manifolds. The second edition has been adapted, expanded, and aptly retitled from Lee's earlier book, Riemannian Manifolds: An Introduction to Curvature. Numerous exercises and problem sets provide the student with opportunities to practice and develop skills; appendices contain a brief review of essential background material.

While demonstrating the uses of most of the main technical tools needed for a careful study of Riemannian manifolds, this text focuses on ensuring that the student develops an intimate acquaintance with the geometric meaning of curvature. The reasonably broad coverage begins with a treatment of indispensable tools for working with Riemannian metrics such as connections and geodesics. Several topics have been added, including an expanded treatment of pseudo-Riemannian metrics, a more detailed treatment of homogeneous spaces and invariant metrics, a completely revamped treatment of comparison theory based on Riccati equations, and a handful of new local-to-global theorems, to name just a few highlights.

Reviews of the first edition:

Arguments and proofs are written down precisely and clearly. The expertise of the author is reflected in many valuable comments and remarks on the recent developments of the subjects. Serious readers would have the challenges of solving the exercises and problems. The book is probably one of the most easily accessible introductions to Riemannian geometry. (M.C. Leung, MathReview)

The book's aim is to develop tools and intuition for studying the central unifying theme in Riemannian geometry, which is the notion of curvature and its relation with topology. The main ideas of the subject, motivated as in the original papers, are introduced here in an intuitive and accessible wayThe book is an excellent introduction designed for a one-semester graduate course, containing exercises and problems which encourage students to practice working with the new notions and develop skills for later use. By citing suitable references for detailed study, the reader is stimulated to inquire into further research. (C.-L. Bejan, zBMATH)

Preface.- 1. What Is Curvature?.- 2. Riemannian Metrics.- 3. Model Riemannian Manifolds.- 4. Connections.- 5. The Levi-Cevita Connection.- 6. Geodesics and Distance.- 7. Curvature.- 8. Riemannian Submanifolds.- 9. The GaussBonnet Theorem.- 10. Jacobi Fields.- 11. Comparison Theory.- 12. Curvature and Topology.- Appendix A: Review of Smooth Manifolds.- Appendix B: Review of Tensors.- Appendix C: Review of Lie Groups.- References.- Notation Index.- Subject Index.


Titel: Introduction to Riemannian Manifolds
EAN: 9783319917542
ISBN: 978-3-319-91754-2
Format: Fester Einband
Herausgeber: Springer, Berlin
Genre: Mathematik
Anzahl Seiten: 437
Gewicht: 834g
Größe: H241mm x B31mm x T158mm
Jahr: 2019
Auflage: 2. Aufl.

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