Aspects of Differential Geometry II

Aspects of Differential Geometry II

Peter Gilkey, Jeong Hyoeng Park, Ramon Vazquez-Lorenzo
ISBN: 9781627057837 | PDF ISBN: 9781627057844
Copyright © 2015 | 157 Pages | Publication Date: December, 2014

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Differential Geometry is a wide field. We have chosen to concentrate upon certain aspects that are appropriate for an introduction to the subject; we have not attempted an encyclopedic treatment. Book II deals with more advanced material than Book I and is aimed at the graduate level. Chapter 4 deals with additional topics in Riemannian geometry. Properties of real analytic curves given by a single ODE and of surfaces given by a pair of ODEs are studied, and the volume of geodesic balls is treated. An introduction to both holomorphic and Kahler geometry is given. In Chapter 5, the basic properties of de Rham cohomology are discussed, the Hodge Decomposition Theorem, Poincare duality, and the Kunneth formula are proved, and a brief introduction to the theory of characteristic classes is given. In Chapter 6, Lie groups and Lie algebras are dealt with. The exponential map, the classical groups, and geodesics in the context of a bi-invariant metric are discussed. The de Rham cohomology of compact Lie groups and the Peter-Weyl Theorem are treated. In Chapter 7, material concerning homogeneous spaces and symmetric spaces is presented. Book II concludes in Chapter 8 where the relationship between simplicial cohomology, singular cohomology, sheaf cohomology, and de Rham cohomology is established. We have given some different proofs than those that are classically given and there is some new material in these volumes. For example, the treatment of the total curvature and length of curves given by a single ODE is new as is the discussion of the total Gaussian curvature of a surface defined by a pair of ODEs.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Additional Topics in Riemannian Geometry
de Rham Cohomology
Lie Groups
Homogeneous Spaces and Symmetric Spaces
Other Cohomology Theories
Bibliography
Authors' Biographies
Index

About the Author(s)

Peter Gilkey, University of Oregon
Peter B Gilkey is a Professor of Mathematics and a member of the Institute of Theoretical Science at the University of Oregon. He is a fellow of the American Mathematical Society and is a member of the editorial board of Results in Mathematics, J. Differential Geometry and Applications, and J. Geometric Analysis. He received his Ph.D. in 1972 from Harvard University under the direction of of L. Nirenberg. His research specialties are Differential Geometry, Elliptic Partial Differential Equations, and Algebraic topology. He has published more than 250 research articles and books.

Jeong Hyoeng Park, Sungkyunkan University (Korea)
Jeong Hyeong Park is a Professor of Mathematics at Sungkyunkan University and is an associate member of the KIAS Korea). She received her Ph.D. in 1990 from Kanazawa University in Japan under the direction of H. Kitahara. Her research specialties are spectral geometry of Riemannian submersion and geometric structures on manifolds like eta-Einstein manifolds and H-contact manifolds. She organized the geometry section of AMC 2013 (The Asian Mathematical Conference 2013) and the ICM 2014 satellite conference on Geometric analysis. She has published more than 71 research articles and books.

Ramon Vazquez-Lorenzo, University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Ramon Vazquez-Lorenzo is a member of the research group in Riemannian Geometry at the Department of Geometry and Topology of the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). He is a member of the Spanish Research Network on Relativity and Gravitation. He received his Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of Santiago de Compostela under the direction of E. Garcia-Rio. His research focuses mainly on Differential Geometry with special emphasis on the study of the curvature and the algebraic properties of curvature operators in the Lorentzian and in the higher signature settings. He has published more than 50 research articles and books.

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