The Intuitive Meaning of Stokes’s Theorem

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


The actual definition of the Cartan (or exterior) derivative d : Ω k M → Ω k+1 M will be postponed until the next chapter, and the proof of Stokes’s theorem that M = ∂M ω until the chapter after that. In the present chapter I’ll try to sketch how one could intuitively come up with the idea of the exterior derivative and conjecture Stokes’s theorem.


Simplicial Complex Chain Complex Homology Group Homology Theory Cochain Complex 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Klaus Jänich
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  1. 1.NWF-I MathematikUniversität RegensburgRegensburgGermany

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