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Tensors - The Mathematics of Relativity Theory and Continuum Mechanics

Tensors - The Mathematics of Relativity Theory and Continuum Mechanics

by: Anadijiban Das

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Tensor algebra and tensor analysis were developed by Riemann, Christoffel,Ricci, Levi-Civita and others in the nineteenth century. The special theory of relativity, as propounded by Einstein in 1905, was elegantly expressed by Minkowski in terms of tensor fields in a flat space-time. In 1915, Einstein formulated the general theory of relativity, in which the space-time manifold is curved. The theory is aesthetically and intellectually satisfying. The general theory of relativity involves tensor analysis in a pseudo-Riemannian manifold from the outset. Later, it was realized that even the pre-relativistic particle mechanics and continuum mechanics can be elegantly formulated in terms of tensor analysis in the three-dimensional Euclidean space. In recent decades, relativistic quantum field theories, gauge field theories, and various unified field theories have all used tensor algebra analysis exhaustively. This book develops from abstract tensor algebra to tensor analysis in various differentiable manifolds in a mathematically rigorous and logically coherent manner. The material is intended mainly for students at the fourth-year and fifth-year university levels and is appropriate for students majoring in either mathematical physics or applied mathematics.

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