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 ebook is to introduce theoretical physicists, of graduate pupil point upwards, to the tools of differential geometry and Clifford algebras in classical box thought. fresh advancements in particle physics have increased the idea of spinor fields to massive prominence, in order that many new rules require substantial wisdom in their houses and services of their manipulation. it's also largely preferred now that differential geometry has an immense function to play in unification schemes which come with gravity. the entire vital prerequisite result of team thought, linear algebra, genuine and complicated vector areas are mentioned. Spinors are approached from the point of view of Clifford algebras. this offers a scientific approach of learning their homes in all dimensions and signatures. significance is additionally put on making touch with the normal part orientated strategy. the fundamental principles of differential geometry are brought emphasising tensor, instead of part, tools. Spinor fields are brought certainly within the context of Clifford bundles. Spinor box equations on manifolds are brought including the worldwide implications their ideas have at the underlying geometry. Many mathematical recommendations are illustrated utilizing box theoretical descriptions of the Maxwell, Dirac and Rarita-Schwinger equations, their symmetries and couplings to Einsteinian gravity. The center of the ebook comprises fabric that is acceptable to physics. After a dialogue of the Newtonian dynamics of debris, the significance of Lorentzian geometry is prompted through Maxwell's idea of electromagnetism. an outline of gravitation is influenced through Maxwell's concept 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 concept. This ebook could be of serious curiosity to postgraduate scholars in theoretical physics, and to mathematicians drawn to purposes of differential geometry in physics.

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