Why there isn't any mention of topology

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In summary, the name differential geometry and tensor analysis is a bit of a confusing title, and there may be better names for the areas it covers. There has been discussion about changing the name recently, but nothing has been decided yet. Most of the forum users are university/college students, and it seems that they would not be interested in posts about high school geometry.
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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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It will come around soon enough.
 
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The name would probably be too long.
 
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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?
 
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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".
 
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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.
 
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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?
 
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morphism said:
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?

Ahh right. Thats where I remember the topology from.
 
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robphy said:
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".
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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1. Why isn't topology mentioned in this research study?

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