• André Lichnerowicz
Part of the Mathematical Physics Studies book series (MPST, volume 14)


The purpose of Chapter I is to introduce to the mathematical formulation of tensor distributions and to show how this formulation can furnish a simple and precise tool for the study of waves in mathematical physics, and particularly in general relativity. The author introduced this formalism systematically in 1960 for study of the quantum theory of fields over a curved space—time. We shall apply here this tool to problems on waves relative to Maxwell’s equations and to Einstein’s equations and, in the same way, to waves that arise in relativistic hydrodynamics and magnetohydrodynam ics.


Vector Distribution Local Chart Scalar Distribution Relativistic Hydrodynamic Tensor Algebra 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • André Lichnerowicz
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  1. 1.Collège de FranceParisFrance

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