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Intro to differential geometry with worked examples

  1. Sep 18, 2014 #1

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    Hi. I am looking for the most basic intro to differential geometry with plenty of worked examples. I want it to cover the following - differential forms , pull-backs , manifolds , tensors , metrics , Lie derivatives and groups and killing vectors. Problems with solutions would also be good as I am self-studying. I already have the book " Geometrical methods of mathematical physics" by Schutz. Thanks.
     
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  3. Sep 21, 2014 #2

    George Jones

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    Maybe Fecko:

     
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  4. Sep 23, 2014 #3

    dextercioby

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    If you think Fecko is too difficult, perhaps Nakahara's (2nd edition) could serve as an alternative. The examples are from physics.
     
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  7. Oct 16, 2014 #6

    SteamKing

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    You can always try the Schaum's Outline of Differential Geometry:

    https://www.amazon.com/Schaums-Outline-Differential-Geometry/dp/0070379858

    This series contains worked examples and plenty of practice problems. IDK if it covers all the topics on your list, but it will get you started with the basics.
     
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  9. Oct 17, 2014 #8

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    Is tensor calculus part of differential geometry or are they separate subjects ? Is General Relativity taught in 2 different ways ; one using tensors and one using differential forms or are they both combined in GR ?
     
  10. Oct 17, 2014 #9

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    Tensor calculus is a part of differential geometry. GR is taught using tensors at the standard level. Using differential forms (Cartan calculus) is a fancy but useful way to write it, expecially when one thinks of GR's extensions: PGT, EC, SUGRA, etc.
     
  11. Oct 17, 2014 #10

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    Tensors can show up in other areas of math and physics besides diff. geometry. One place I seem to stumble over them occasionally is in finding the principal axes of a general 3-D body. There are other applications in mechanics, involving stress analysis.

    A lot of geometry has been formulated these days using matrix methods, to facilitate doing numerical calculations with computers, and it seems you run into tensors as a consequence of this also.
     
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