Fibre Bundles pp 280-293 | Cite as

Characteristic Classes and Connections

  • Dale Husemoller
Part of the Graduate Texts in Mathematics book series (GTM, volume 20)


Apart from the previous chapter, the theory of fibre bundles in this book is a theory over an arbitrary space. Even the relation to manifolds in Chapter 18 is treated from a topological point of view, but in the context of smooth manifolds and vector bundles we can approach Chern classes using constructions from analysis. This idea, which goes back to a letter from A. Weil (see A. Weil Collected papers, Volume III, pages 422–36 and 571–574), involves choosing a connection or covariant derivative on the complex vector bundle, defining the curvature 2-form of the connection, and representing the characteristic class as closed 2q-form which is a polynomial in the curvature form. This proceedure is outlined in this chapter.


Vector Bundle Smooth Manifold Cohomology Class Principal Bundle Curvature Form 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dale Husemoller
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsHaverford CollegeHaverfordUSA

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