By Richard Montgomery

ISBN-10: 0821841653

ISBN-13: 9780821841655

Subriemannian geometries, sometimes called Carnot-Caratheodory geometries, may be considered as limits of Riemannian geometries. additionally they come up in actual phenomenon regarding "geometric stages" or holonomy. Very approximately talking, a subriemannian geometry involves 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 outline the space among issues simply as within the Riemannin case, other than we're merely allowed to go back and forth alongside the horizontal traces among issues.

The ebook is dedicated to the examine of subriemannian geometries, their geodesics, and their functions. 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 booklet we point out an simple exposition of Gromov's mind-blowing proposal to exploit subriemannian geometry for proving a theorem in discrete crew thought and Cartan's approach to equivalence utilized to the matter of knowing invariants (diffeomorphism varieties) of distributions. there's additionally a bankruptcy dedicated to open difficulties.

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

Reading the ebook calls for introductory wisdom of differential geometry, and it could possibly function a very good advent to this new intriguing sector of arithmetic.

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