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Diffeology
Patrick Iglesias-Zemmour, CNRS, Marseille, France, and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
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Mathematical Surveys and Monographs
2013; 439 pp; hardcover
Volume: 185
ISBN-10: 0-8218-9131-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-9131-5
List Price: US$117
Member Price: US$93.60
Order Code: SURV/185
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Global Analysis: Differential Forms in Analysis, Geometry and Physics - Ilka Agricola and Thomas Friedrich

Topics in Differential Geometry - Peter W Michor

Diffeology is an extension of differential geometry. With a minimal set of axioms, diffeology allows us to deal simply but rigorously with objects which do not fall within the usual field of differential geometry: quotients of manifolds (even non-Hausdorff), spaces of functions, groups of diffeomorphisms, etc. The category of diffeology objects is stable under standard set-theoretic operations, such as quotients, products, coproducts, subsets, limits, and colimits. With its right balance between rigor and simplicity, diffeology can be a good framework for many problems that appear in various areas of physics.

Actually, the book lays the foundations of the main fields of differential geometry used in theoretical physics: differentiability, Cartan differential calculus, homology and cohomology, diffeological groups, fiber bundles, and connections. The book ends with an open program on symplectic diffeology, a rich field of application of the theory. Many exercises with solutions make this book appropriate for learning the subject.

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Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in differential geometry and mathematical physics.

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