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Book Title: Gauge Fields, Knots and GravityISBN: 9810220340ISBN 13: 9789810220341The author of the book: John C. BaezEdition: World Scientific Publishing CompanyDate of issue: October 24th 1994Language: EnglishFormat files: PDFThe size of the: 781 KBCity - Country: No dataLoaded: 1029 timesReader ratings: 3.8 |

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This is an introduction to the basic tools of mathematics needed to understand the relation between knot theory and quantum gravity. The book begins with a rapid course on manifolds and differential forms, emphasizing how these provide a proper language for formulating Maxwell's equations on arbitrary spacetimes. The authors then introduce vector bundles, connections and curvature in order to generalize Maxwell theory to the Yang-Mills equations. The relation of gauge theory to the newly discovered knot invariants such as the Jones polynomial is sketched. Riemannian geometry is then introduced in order to describe Einstein's equations of general relativity and show how an attempt to quantize gravity leads to interesting applications of knot theory.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_BaezJOHN BAEZ is a mathematical physicist working on quantum gravity using the techniques of "higher-dimensional algebra". A professor of mathematics at the University of California, Riverside, he enjoys answering physics questions on the usenet newsgroup sci.physics.research, and also writes a regular column entitled "This Week's Finds in Mathematical Physics". (The Third Culture: http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/bios/... )

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A hard, shocking, but extremely useful book that makes you think!

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