By Dmitri Burago, Yuri Burago, Sergei Ivanov

ISBN-10: 0821821296

ISBN-13: 9780821821299

"Metric geometry" is an method of geometry in accordance with the idea of size on a topological area. This technique skilled a really quickly improvement within the previous couple of a long time and penetrated into many different mathematical disciplines, akin to team idea, dynamical platforms, and partial differential equations. the target of this graduate textbook is twofold: to offer an in depth exposition of simple notions and strategies utilized in the speculation of size areas, and, extra usually, to provide an hassle-free creation right into a large number of geometrical subject matters concerning the thought of distance, together with Riemannian and Carnot-Caratheodory metrics, the hyperbolic aircraft, distance-volume inequalities, asymptotic geometry (large scale, coarse), Gromov hyperbolic areas, convergence of metric areas, and Alexandrov areas (non-positively and non-negatively curved spaces). The authors are likely to paintings with "easy-to-touch" mathematical items utilizing "easy-to-visualize" equipment. The authors set a hard objective of constructing the middle components of the booklet obtainable to first-year graduate scholars. such a lot new strategies and techniques are brought and illustrated utilizing easiest situations and warding off technicalities. The e-book comprises many workouts, which shape an essential component of exposition.

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The c o r r e s p o n d i n g metric It is clear that ~ ~t = 0 is of the form The s e p a r a t i o n of the a n t i - s e l f d u a l Weyl tensor and twistors. ~ be a bunch of simple 2-forms. Forms of are closed if the a n t i - s e l f d u a l part (then the metric is a selfdual us w e a k e n the condition. 4) on is just the anti- of the Weyl tensor. Several remarks on the procedure of computation. from , ) . In turn, this c o n d i t i o n is e q u i v a l e n t is the a n t i - s e l f d u a l c o n n e c t i o n ~_ ~ is defined by the The o b s t r u c t i o n to all these e q u i v a l e n t conditions selfdual part ~ ( ~ ~ '~C~ ~ ) ~ It is e q u i v a l e n t to the fact that of A solution of the E i n s t e i n equation).

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