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Surfaces in Classical Geometries

A Treatment by Moving Frames

Textbook

Part of the Universitext book series (UTX)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Gary R. Jensen, Emilio Musso, Lorenzo Nicolodi
    Pages 1-6
  3. Gary R. Jensen, Emilio Musso, Lorenzo Nicolodi
    Pages 7-27
  4. Gary R. Jensen, Emilio Musso, Lorenzo Nicolodi
    Pages 29-46
  5. Gary R. Jensen, Emilio Musso, Lorenzo Nicolodi
    Pages 47-111
  6. Gary R. Jensen, Emilio Musso, Lorenzo Nicolodi
    Pages 113-153
  7. Gary R. Jensen, Emilio Musso, Lorenzo Nicolodi
    Pages 155-187
  8. Gary R. Jensen, Emilio Musso, Lorenzo Nicolodi
    Pages 189-220
  9. Gary R. Jensen, Emilio Musso, Lorenzo Nicolodi
    Pages 221-272
  10. Gary R. Jensen, Emilio Musso, Lorenzo Nicolodi
    Pages 273-295
  11. Gary R. Jensen, Emilio Musso, Lorenzo Nicolodi
    Pages 297-346
  12. Gary R. Jensen, Emilio Musso, Lorenzo Nicolodi
    Pages 347-388
  13. Gary R. Jensen, Emilio Musso, Lorenzo Nicolodi
    Pages 389-429
  14. Gary R. Jensen, Emilio Musso, Lorenzo Nicolodi
    Pages 431-467
  15. Gary R. Jensen, Emilio Musso, Lorenzo Nicolodi
    Pages 469-492
  16. Gary R. Jensen, Emilio Musso, Lorenzo Nicolodi
    Pages 493-537
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 539-571

About this book

Introduction

Designed for intermediate graduate studies, this text will broaden students' core knowledge of differential geometry providing foundational material to relevant topics in classical differential geometry. The method of moving frames, a natural means for discovering and proving important results, provides the basis of treatment for topics discussed. Its application in many areas helps to connect the various geometries and to uncover many deep relationships, such as the Lawson correspondence. The nearly 300 problems and exercises range from simple applications to open problems. Exercises are embedded in the text as essential parts of the exposition. Problems are collected at the end of each chapter; solutions to select problems are given at the end of the book. Mathematica®, Matlab™, and Xfig are used to illustrate selected concepts and results. The careful selection of results serves to show the reader how to prove the most important theorems in the subject, which may become the foundation of future progress.

The book pursues significant results beyond the standard topics of an introductory differential geometry course. A sample of these results includes the Willmore functional, the classification of cyclides of Dupin, the Bonnet problem, constant mean curvature immersions, isothermic immersions, and the duality between minimal surfaces in Euclidean space and constant mean curvature surfaces in hyperbolic space. The book concludes with Lie sphere geometry and its spectacular result that all cyclides of Dupin are Lie sphere equivalent. The exposition is restricted to curves and surfaces in order to emphasize the geometric interpretation of invariants and other constructions. Working in low dimensions helps students develop a strong geometric intuition. Aspiring geometers will acquire a working knowledge of curves and surfaces in classical geometries. Students will learn the invariants of conformal geometry and how these relate to the invariants of Euclidean, spherical, and hyperbolic geometry. They will learn the fundamentals of Lie sphere geometry, which require the notion of Legendre immersions of a contact structure. Prerequisites include a completed one semester standard course on manifold theory.

Keywords

Euclidean geometry Hopf cylinders Poincare Ball model Ricci condition hyperbolic Gauss map hyperbolic geometry lie groups spherical geometry theory of moving frames

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsWashington UniversitySt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Politecnico di TorinoDipartimento di MatematicaTorinoItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Matematica e InformaticaUniversita' degli Studi di ParmaParmaItaly

About the authors

Gary R. Jensen is currently professor of mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Emilio Musso is professor of mathematics at the Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy and Lorenzo Nicolodi is professor of mathematics at the Univerita di Parma, Parma, Italy.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Surfaces in Classical Geometries
  • Book Subtitle A Treatment by Moving Frames
  • Authors Gary R. Jensen
    Emilio Musso
    Lorenzo Nicolodi
  • Series Title Universitext
  • Series Abbreviated Title Universitext
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-27076-0
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics Mathematics and Statistics (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-27074-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-27076-0
  • Series ISSN 0172-5939
  • Series E-ISSN 2191-6675
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 571
  • Number of Illustrations 16 b/w illustrations, 61 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Differential Geometry
    Convex and Discrete Geometry
  • Buy this book on publisher's site

Reviews

“300 problems and exercices, from simple until open problems, are contained in this book and they are the essential part of it. In conclusion, it is an interesting book written carefully and with originality. Undoubtedly its reading will be very helpful to any geometer.” (Charalampos Charitos, zbMATH 1347.53001, 2016)