© 1995

Transformation Groups in Differential Geometry


Part of the Classics in Mathematics book series (volume 70)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Shoshichi Kobayashi
    Pages 1-38
  3. Shoshichi Kobayashi
    Pages 39-76
  4. Shoshichi Kobayashi
    Pages 77-121
  5. Shoshichi Kobayashi
    Pages 122-149
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 150-182

About this book


Given a mathematical structure, one of the basic associated mathematical objects is its automorphism group. The object of this book is to give a biased account of automorphism groups of differential geometric struc­ tures. All geometric structures are not created equal; some are creations of ~ods while others are products of lesser human minds. Amongst the former, Riemannian and complex structures stand out for their beauty and wealth. A major portion of this book is therefore devoted to these two structures. Chapter I describes a general theory of automorphisms of geometric structures with emphasis on the question of when the automorphism group can be given a Lie group structure. Basic theorems in this regard are presented in §§ 3, 4 and 5. The concept of G-structure or that of pseudo-group structure enables us to treat most of the interesting geo­ metric structures in a unified manner. In § 8, we sketch the relationship between the two concepts. Chapter I is so arranged that the reader who is primarily interested in Riemannian, complex, conformal and projective structures can skip §§ 5, 6, 7 and 8. This chapter is partly based on lec­ tures I gave in Tokyo and Berkeley in 1965.


Lie group automorphism differential geometry transformation group

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

About the authors

Biography of Shoshichi Kobayashi

Shoshichi Kobayashi was born January 4, 1932 in Kofu, Japan. After obtaining his mathematics degree from the University of Tokyo and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle, he held positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, at MIT and at the University of British Columbia between 1956 and 1962, and then moved to the University of California, Berkeley, where he is now Professor in the Graduate School.

Kobayashi's research spans the areas of differential geometry of real and complex variables, and his numerous resulting publications include several book: Foundations of Differential Geometry with N. Nomizu, Hyperbolic Complex Manifolds and Holomorphic mappings and Differential Geometry of Complex Vector Bundles.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Transformation Groups in Differential Geometry
  • Authors Shoshichi Kobayashi
  • Series Title Classics in Mathematics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-05848-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-540-58659-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-61981-6
  • Series ISSN 0071-1136
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 182
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Originally published as volume 70 in the series: Ergebnisse der Mathematik, 2.Folge
  • Topics Differential Geometry
    Group Theory and Generalizations
  • Buy this book on publisher's site