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AuthorReinhart, Bruce L. author
TitleDifferential Geometry of Foliations [electronic resource] : The Fundamental Integrability Problem / by Bruce L. Reinhart
ImprintBerlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 1983
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Descript X, 196 p. online resource


Whoever you are! How can I but offer you divine leaves . . . ? Walt Whitman The object of study in modern differential geometry is a manifold with a differยญ ential structure, and usually some additional structure as well. Thus, one is given a topological space M and a family of homeomorphisms, called coordinate sysยญ tems, between open subsets of the space and open subsets of a real vector space V. It is supposed that where two domains overlap, the images are related by a diffeomorphism, called a coordinate transformation, between open subsets of V. M has associated with it a tangent bundle, which is a vector bundle with fiber V and group the general linear group GL(V). The additional structures that occur include Riemannian metrics, connections, complex structures, foliations, and many more. Frequently there is associated to the structure a reduction of the group of the tangent bundle to some subgroup G of GL(V). It is particularly pleasant if one can choose the coordinate systems so that the Jacobian matrices of the coordinate transformations belong to G. A reduction to G is called a G-structure, which is called integrable (or flat) if the condition on the Jacobians is satisfied. The strength of the integrability hypothesis is well-illustrated by the case of the orthogonal group On. An On-structure is given by the choice of a Riemannian metric, and therefore exists on every smooth manifold


I. Differential Geometric Structures and Integrability -- 1. Pseudogroups and Groupoids -- 2. Foliations -- 3. The Integrability Problem -- 4. Vector Fields and Pfaffian Systems -- 5. Leaves and Holonomy -- 6. Examples of Foliations -- II. Prolongations, Connections, and Characteristic Classes -- 1. Truncated Polynomial Groups and Algebras -- 2. Prolongation of a Manifold -- 3. Higher Order Structures -- 4. Connections and Characteristic Classes -- 5. Foliations, Connections, and Secondary Classes -- III. Singular Foliations -- 1. The Classifying Space for a Topological Groupoid -- 2. Vector Fields and the Cohomology of Lie Algebras -- 3. Frobenius Structures -- IV. Metric and Measure Theoretic Properties of Foliations -- 1. Analytic Background -- 2. Measure, Volume, and Foliations -- 3. Foliations of a Riemannian Manifold -- 4. Riemannian Foliations -- 5. Foliations with a Few Derivatives -- Supplementary Bibliography -- Index of Terminology -- Index of Symbols

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