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In summary, I think that Frankel is a great reference text once one has learned from a more accessible text.

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Well, I'd go for Mikio Nakahara's book. https://www.amazon.com/dp/0750306068/?tag=pfamazon01-20

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Those are the books I have actually studied. If you want to go deeper, I think Fecko looks very interesting, and so does Frankel. But I haven't actually read them.

John M. Lee: Introduction to smooth manifolds

John M. Lee: Riemannian manifolds: an introduction to curvature

Isham: Modern differential geometry for physicists

Fecko: Differential geometry and Lie groups for physicists

Frankel: The geometry of physics: an introduction

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Differential geometry is a branch of mathematics that studies smooth curves and surfaces using the tools of calculus. It is concerned with measuring geometric quantities such as length, area, and curvature, and how they change as one moves along a smooth curve or surface.

In general relativity, differential geometry is used to describe the geometry of spacetime. The theory states that massive objects, such as planets, create a curvature in spacetime, and this curvature is described by differential geometry. This allows us to understand the effects of gravity and how objects move in space.

Differential geometry and Yang-Mills theories are both used to describe the fundamental forces of nature. Differential geometry is used in general relativity to describe gravity, while Yang-Mills theories are used in particle physics to describe the strong and weak nuclear forces. Both theories use similar mathematical tools, such as tensors and differential equations, to describe the behavior of these forces.

Differential geometry has many practical applications in fields such as engineering, computer graphics, and computer vision. It is used to design and analyze curved surfaces in architecture and engineering projects. In computer graphics, it is used to model and render complex curved objects. In computer vision, it is used to analyze and interpret 3D shapes and surfaces.

Yes, a strong background in mathematics, particularly in calculus and linear algebra, is necessary to understand differential geometry for general relativity and Yang-Mills theories. These theories involve complex mathematical concepts and equations, so a solid understanding of mathematical principles is essential for understanding them.

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