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A First Course in Differential Geometry


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Preface; 1. Curves in Rn; 2. Surfaces in Rn; 3. Smooth maps; 4. Measuring how surfaces curve; 5. The Theorema Egregium; 6. Geodesic curvature and geodesics; 7. The Gauss-Bonnet theorem; 8. Minimal and CMC surfaces; 9. Hints or answers to some exercises; Index.

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With detailed explanations and numerous examples, this textbook covers the differential geometry of surfaces in Euclidean space.

About the Author

Lyndon Woodward obtained his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. They embarked on a long and fruitful collaboration, co-authoring over thirty research papers in differential geometry, particularly on generalisations of 'soap film' surfaces. Between them they have over seventy years teaching experience, being well-regarded as enthusiastic, clear, and popular lecturers. Lyndon Woodward passed away in 2000. John Bolton earned his Ph.D. at the University of Liverpool and joined the University of Durham in 1970, where he was joined in 1971 by Lyndon Woodward.


'An excellent introduction to the subject, suitable for learners and lecturers alike. The authors strike a perfect balance between clear prose and clean mathematical style and provide plenty of examples, exercises and intuitive diagrams. The choice of material stands out as well: covering the essentials and including interesting further topics without cluttering. This wonderful book again reminded me of the beauty of this topic!' Karsten Fritzsch, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universitat Hannover, Germany
'How to present a coherent and stimulating introduction to a mathematical subject without getting carried away into bloating it by our love for the subject? This book not only expresses the authors' enthusiasm for differential geometry but also condenses decades of teaching experience: it focuses on few milestones, covering the required theory in an efficient and stimulating way. It will be a pleasure to teach/learn alongside this text.' Udo Hertrich-Jeromin, Technische Universitat Wien, Austria
'This is an attractive candidate as a text for an undergraduate course in classical differential geometry and should certainly be given serious consideration by any instructor teaching such a course.' Mark Hunacek, Department of Mathematics, Iowa State University

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