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Riemannian Geometry

  1. Sep 23, 2014 #1
    Can someone recommend some background texts which can build me up with the necessary pre-requisites to learn about Riemannian Geometry? I have been self studying single and multi variable calculus but lack the mathematical rigour. Some resources/textbooks that can cover the background material with worked examples and be suitable for self-learner would be greatly appreciated!
     
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  3. Sep 28, 2014 #2
    I would encourage you to try https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byl...&text=Manfredo+P.+Do+Carmo&sort=relevancerank Riemannian Geometry. However, it's a bit like the Feynman Lectures: everything seems so sensible and logical the way he lays it out, but you may find that you are not prepared for the problem sets. In that case, you could try the "prequel", Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces.

    John Lee's books are popular with the PF crowd, but I'm not familiar with them:

    https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Smooth-Manifolds-Graduate-Mathematics/dp/1441999817
    https://www.amazon.com/Riemannian-Manifolds-Introduction-Curvature-Mathematics/dp/0387983228/
     
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  4. Sep 30, 2014 #3
    If you lack the rigour to study Riemannian geometry comfortably, try working through Spivak's "Calculus on Manifolds". It is the single book I would recommend for studying multivariate calculus, and it paves the way to differential and Riemannian geometry.
     
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