Topology, Geometry and Gauge Fields Interactions 

Author:
 Naber, Gregory L. 
Series title:  Applied Mathematical Sciences Ser. 
ISBN:  9780387989471 
Publication Date:  Jan 2000 
Publisher:  Springer

Book Format:  Hardback 
List Price:  AUD $218.95 
Book Description:

This book covers topology and geometry beginning with an accessible account of the extraordinary and rather mysterious impact of mathematical physics, especially gauge theory, on the study of the geometry and topology of manifolds. Much of the mathematics developed in the book to study the classical field theories of physics (de Rham cohomology, Chern classes, SemiRiemannian manifolds, Cech cohomology, spinors etc.) is standard, but the treatment always keeps one eye on the physics...
More DescriptionThis book covers topology and geometry beginning with an accessible account of the extraordinary and rather mysterious impact of mathematical physics, especially gauge theory, on the study of the geometry and topology of manifolds. Much of the mathematics developed in the book to study the classical field theories of physics (de Rham cohomology, Chern classes, SemiRiemannian manifolds, Cech cohomology, spinors etc.) is standard, but the treatment always keeps one eye on the physics and unhesitatingly sacrifices generality to clarity. The author brings the reader up to the level needed to conclude with a brief discussion of the SeibergWitten invariants. Although this volume can be read independently Naber carries on the program initiated in his earlier volume, Topology, Geometry and Gauge Fields: Foundations, Springer, 1997, and writes in much the same spirit with precisely the same philosophical motivation. A large number of exercises are included to encourage active participation on the part of the reader. This work will be of great interest to researchers and graduate students in the field of mathematical physics. REVIEWS OF TOPOLOGY, GEOMETRY, AND GAUGE FIELDS: FOUNDATIONS "It is unusual to find a book so carefully tailored to the needs of this interdisciplinary area of mathematical physics...Naber combines a knowledge of his subject with an excellent informal writing style." NZMS NEWSLETTER "...this book should be very interesting for mathematicians and