By Claude Chevalley, Pierre Cartier, Catherine Chevalley

ISBN-10: 0387570632

ISBN-13: 9780387570631

ISBN-10: 3540570632

ISBN-13: 9783540570639

This quantity is the 1st in a projected sequence dedicated to the mathematical and philosophical works of the past due Claude Chevalley. It covers the most contributions by means of the writer to the idea of spinors. when you consider that its visual appeal in 1954, "The Algebraic conception of Spinors" has been a miles wanted reference. It provides the total tale of 1 topic in a concise and particularly transparent demeanour. The reprint of the booklet is supplemented by way of a sequence of lectures on Clifford Algebras given via the writer in Japan at in regards to the comparable time. additionally integrated is a postface via J.-P. Bourguignon describing the various makes use of of spinors in differential geometry constructed by way of mathematical physicists from the Nineteen Seventies to the current day. An insightful assessment of "Spinors" by means of J. Dieudonne can be made to be had to the reader during this new version.

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In the special case in which N = M, we obtain the result that, in accordance with this definition, an arbitrary vector in MP is tangent to the manifold M at the point p. This explains the name "tangent space" for the space M". • x 111 be an arbitrary system of local coordinates on the manifold M at the point p, and let yl, ... , y" be an arbitrary system of local coordinates on the submanifold N at the point p. Consider the functions xi Lv = xi o t, ... ' x111 IN = xm o t, where t is the embedding mapping N -> M.

On the other hand, if we set ©=a; dx 1, where a1 =a( (a:' )J, we shall obviously obtain on u a form w such that ©P =a. The function p - ©P that assigns to each point p E M the covector ©P obviously satisfies the following 11 smoothness condition": f For an arbitrary vector field XE 6 1 (M), the real junction is smooth on M. (p)=©P (Xp) It is easy to see that, conversely, Any function p - ©,, that assigns to each point p E M a convector E6 1 (p) and satisfies this smoothness condition satisfies some linear differential form w.

Then, the curve y, defined parametrically by the functions x 1 (t), will be an integral curve of the field X that passes through the point p. On the basis of the theorem on the uniqueness of the solution of systems of differential equations, this curve is uniquely defined. Thus, For X p=I= o, there exists exactly one integral curve y(t) of the field X such that y(O) = p. ) We consider, in addition to curves, also smooth n-dimensional surfaces in M , that is, smooth mappings cp of a connected open set OcR" into the manifold M.

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