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Spinors books

  1. Nov 12, 2011 #1
    Are spinors needed in modern theoretical physics as opposed to tensors? I have come across Penrose's book "Spinors and space-time". Does anybody know what mathematical prerequisites are needed to actually understand it? (at least volume 1) Can I manage to go through it with a good knowledge of real analysis and linear algebra and a very basic understanding of topology?
     
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  3. Nov 13, 2011 #2

    dextercioby

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    Penrose and Rindler is to me the ultimate level. You should start with something light, like a group theory book like Wu Ki Tung (1984), or Cromwell (vol.2) which have good chapters on spinorial representations of the restricted Lorentz group.
     
  4. Nov 13, 2011 #3

    George Jones

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    Chapter 3 from The Geometry of Minkowski Spacetime: An Introduction to the Mathematics of the Special Theory of Relativity is a nice, readable introduction to spinors. Actually, the entire book is quite nice.
     
  5. Nov 14, 2011 #4

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    George is speaking about

    The Geometry of Minkowski Spacetime: An Introduction to the Mathematics of the Special Theory of Relativity (Applied Mathematical Sciences) by Gregory L. Naber.
     
  6. Nov 14, 2011 #5
    Ok, I have had a look at The Geometry of Minkowski Spacetime and seems really good. Thanks again for your advice!
     
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