By Richard Montgomery

ISBN-10: 0821841653

ISBN-13: 9780821841655

Subriemannian geometries, often referred to as Carnot-Caratheodory geometries, may be considered as limits of Riemannian geometries. additionally they come up in actual phenomenon related to "geometric stages" or holonomy. Very approximately talking, a subriemannian geometry comprises a manifold endowed with a distribution (meaning a $k$-plane box, or subbundle of the tangent bundle), referred to as horizontal including an internal product on that distribution. If $k=n$, the size of the manifold, we get the standard Riemannian geometry. Given a subriemannian geometry, we will be able to outline the space among issues simply as within the Riemannin case, other than we're in basic terms allowed to commute alongside the horizontal traces among issues.

The booklet is dedicated to the examine of subriemannian geometries, their geodesics, and their purposes. It starts off with the least difficult nontrivial instance of a subriemannian geometry: the two-dimensional isoperimetric challenge reformulated as an issue of discovering subriemannian geodesics. between themes mentioned in different chapters of the 1st a part of the publication we point out an simple exposition of Gromov's astonishing thought to take advantage of subriemannian geometry for proving a theorem in discrete workforce idea and Cartan's approach to equivalence utilized to the matter of figuring out invariants (diffeomorphism kinds) of distributions. there's additionally a bankruptcy dedicated to open difficulties.

The moment a part of the e-book is dedicated to functions of subriemannian geometry. particularly, the writer describes in element the subsequent 4 actual difficulties: Berry's part in quantum mechanics, the matter of a falling cat righting herself, that of a microorganism swimming, and a part challenge coming up within the $N$-body challenge. He exhibits that each one those difficulties might be studied utilizing an identical underlying kind of subriemannian geometry: that of a relevant package endowed with $G$-invariant metrics.

Reading the e-book calls for introductory wisdom of differential geometry, and it may possibly function an outstanding advent to this new fascinating region of arithmetic.

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