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Why there isn't any mention of topology

  1. Feb 19, 2008 #1
    in the title of differential geometry and tensor analysis?
    such a crucial topic in maths should have its name mentioned should it not?
     
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  3. Feb 19, 2008 #2

    JasonRox

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    It will come around soon enough.
     
  4. Feb 19, 2008 #3

    robphy

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    The name would probably be too long.
     
  5. Feb 19, 2008 #4
    so perhaps we need an all encompassing name for those areas?
    I mean obviously algebraic topology,geometric topology, differential geometry have a lot to do with geometry, so perhaps a name such as: geometry & topology will do?
     
  6. Feb 19, 2008 #5

    robphy

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    I guess part of the current title is meant to get people who are interested in mathematical aspects of General Relativity...particularly Tensors [which is probably why it is distinguished there]. While an expert would appreciate the title "geometry & topology"... the novice probably won't. With that title, one might get lots of questions about high-school geometry. Maybe "Advanced Geometry & Topology"... but one might need to throw in "Tensors".
     
  7. Feb 19, 2008 #6

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    I'm pretty sure the word topology was in the forum title not that long ago, unless I'm terribly mistaken.
     
  8. Feb 19, 2008 #7

    robphy

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  9. Feb 20, 2008 #8

    morphism

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    There was a thread about this not too long ago:
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=195378

    Nothing seems to have changed since then though.

    I really don't understand why the TA&DG is so-named. Surely topology warrants more attention than "tensor analysis" - whatever this means?
     
  10. Feb 20, 2008 #9

    Kurdt

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    Ahh right. Thats where I remember the topology from.
     
  11. Feb 21, 2008 #10
    sorry, rob, but that's rubbish, I don't recall learning topology in high school, and I'm no expert in topology or geometry but an undergraduate student who learns this stuff, and I don't see how high schooler can choose to post at a forum where he sees all posts in subjects unfamiliar to him.
    anyway, most of the users are university/college students aren't they?
    that's my feeling from the forum discussing university life here, forgot the name of the forum.
     
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