By Roger Godement

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This text discusses a few tools of describing and pertaining to mathematical items and of regularly and unambiguously signaling the logical constitution of mathematical arguments.

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Zr, which maps any point of a fiber to the point of the base manifold the fiber is attached to. A general manifold does not have such a projection defined on it. The following examples illustrate the wide variety of spaces describable as fiber bundles. 1 0 Examples of fiber bundles (i) The fiber bundle TM we have illustrated consists of a manifold and its tangent spaces, and is called the tangent bundle. It is one of the most important abstract manifolds in physics. For an n-dimensional manifold, TM has 2n dimensions.

The differentiability of a manifold endows it with an enormous amount of structure: the possibility of defining tensors, differential forms, and Lie derivatives. This differential structure is our main subject. Remember, we have not introduced the concept of distance on M, and we have no notion of the 'shape' or 'curvature' ofM. We only know that locally it is smooth, and that is all we need for what follows. In most applications we wdl assume a Cm manifold, but usually this is not strictly necessary.

Choquet-Bruhat, C. DeWitt-Morette & M. Dillard-Bleick, Analysis, Manifolds, and Physics (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1977). A comprehensive book aimed at mathematically literate physicists. Especially strong o n differential equation theory. R. Abraham & J. E. , 1978). , but with consequently greater depth. Notable for its attention t o global problems and its large bibliography. Considerably larger than the first edition. F. W. , 197 1). A readable introduction for mathematics undergraduates. Particularly strong on Lie groups and cohomology theory.

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