Synopses & Reviews
This text is designed for a one-quarter or one-semester graduate course on Riemannian geometry. It focuses on developing an intimate acquaintance with the geometric meaning of curvature and thereby introduces and demonstrates all the main technical tools needed for a more advanced study of Riemannian manifolds. The book begins with a careful treatment of the machinery of metrics, connections, and geodesics, and then introduces the curvature tensor as a way of measuring whether a Riemannian manifold is locally equivalent to Euclidean space. Submanifold theory is developed next in order to give the curvature tensor a concrete quantitative interpretation. The remainder of the text is devoted to proving the four most fundamental theorems relating curvature and topology: the Gauss-Bonnet Theorem, the Cartan-Hadamard Theorem, Bonnet's Theorem, and the characterization of manifolds of constant curvature.
This unique volume will appeal especially to sudents by presenting a selective introduction to the main ideas of the subject in an easily accessible way. The material is ideal for a single course, but broad enough to provide students with a firm foundation from which to pursue research or develop applications in Riemannian geometry and other fields that use its tools.
Of special interest are the exercises and problems dispersed throughout the text. The exercises are carefully chosen and timed so as to give the reader opportunities to review material that has just been introduced, to practice working with the definitions, and to develop skills that are used later in the book. The problems that conclude the chapters are generally more difficult. They not only introduce new material not covered in the body of the text, but they also provide the student with indispensable practice in using the techniques explained in the text, both for doing computations and for proving theorems.
Review
"This book is very well writen, pleasant to read, with many good illustrations. It deals with the core of the subject, nothing more and nothing less. Simply a recommendation for anyone who wants to teach or learn about the Riemannian geometry." Nieuw Archief voor Wiskunde, September 2000
Synopsis
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 Gauss Bonnet 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 Cartan Ambrose 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."
Synopsis
This text focuses on developing an intimate acquaintance with the geometric meaning of curvature and thereby introduces and demonstrates all the main technical tools needed for a more advanced course on Riemannian manifolds. It covers proving the four most fundamental theorems relating curvature and topology: the Gauss-Bonnet Theorem, the Cartan-Hadamard Theorem, Bonnet's Theorem, and a special case of the Cartan-Ambrose-Hicks Theorem.
Description
Includes bibliographical references (p. [209]-211) and index.
Table of Contents
What is curvature?- Review of Tensors, Manifolds, and Vector bundles.- Definitions and Examples of Riemannian Metrics.- Connections.- Riemannian Geodesics.- Geodesics and Distance.- Curvature.- Riemannian Submanifolds.- The Gauss-Bonnet Theorem.- Jacobi Fields.- Curvature and Topology.