Elementary Topics in Differential Geometry

  • J. A. Thorpe

Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics book series (UTM)

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About this book


In the past decade there has been a significant change in the freshman/ sophomore mathematics curriculum as taught at many, if not most, of our colleges. This has been brought about by the introduction of linear algebra into the curriculum at the sophomore level. The advantages of using linear algebra both in the teaching of differential equations and in the teaching of multivariate calculus are by now widely recognized. Several textbooks adopting this point of view are now available and have been widely adopted. Students completing the sophomore year now have a fair preliminary under­ standing of spaces of many dimensions. It should be apparent that courses on the junior level should draw upon and reinforce the concepts and skills learned during the previous year. Unfortunately, in differential geometry at least, this is usually not the case. Textbooks directed to students at this level generally restrict attention to 2-dimensional surfaces in 3-space rather than to surfaces of arbitrary dimension. Although most of the recent books do use linear algebra, it is only the algebra of ~3. The student's preliminary understanding of higher dimensions is not cultivated.


Differentialgeometrie Isometrie Minimal surface curvature differential geometry

Authors and affiliations

  • J. A. Thorpe
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  1. 1.Queens CollegeCity University of New YorkFlushingUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-6155-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-6153-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-6056
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