By Ian M. Benn, Robin W. Tucker

ISBN-10: 0852742614

ISBN-13: 9780852742617

There's now a better variety of arithmetic utilized in theoretical physics than ever. the purpose of this publication is to introduce theoretical physicists, of graduate scholar point upwards, to the tools of differential geometry and Clifford algebras in classical box conception. fresh advancements in particle physics have increased the thought of spinor fields to substantial prominence, in order that many new rules require substantial wisdom in their homes and services of their manipulation. it's also generally favored now that differential geometry has a massive position to play in unification schemes which come with gravity. the entire vital prerequisite result of crew thought, linear algebra, genuine and complicated vector areas are mentioned. Spinors are approached from the point of view of Clifford algebras. this provides a scientific manner of learning their homes in all dimensions and signatures. value is usually put on making touch with the conventional part orientated technique. the elemental rules of differential geometry are brought emphasising tensor, instead of part, equipment. Spinor fields are brought obviously within the context of Clifford bundles. Spinor box equations on manifolds are brought including the worldwide implications their recommendations have at the underlying geometry. Many mathematical ideas are illustrated utilizing box theoretical descriptions of the Maxwell, Dirac and Rarita-Schwinger equations, their symmetries and couplings to Einsteinian gravity. The middle of the e-book comprises fabric that's acceptable to physics. After a dialogue of the Newtonian dynamics of debris, the significance of Lorentzian geometry is influenced via Maxwell's thought of electromagnetism. an outline of gravitation is encouraged through Maxwell's thought of electromagnetism. an outline of gravitation by way of the curvature of a pseudo-Riemannian spacetime is used to include gravitational interactions into the language of classical box thought. This ebook should be of significant curiosity to postgraduate scholars in theoretical physics, and to mathematicians drawn to purposes of differential geometry in physics.

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