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…a very impressive book.
-Australian and New Zealand Physicists
The clarity of the presentation is enhanced by explicit calculations and diagrams; the proof of a theorem is given only when it is instructive and not very technical. There is also a large number of exercises and problems, and last but not least, an index … superb layout…
- Zentralblatt fur Mathematick un ihre Grenzgebiete
I believe that the book will not only boost modernization of the traditional courses of theoretical physics but will prompt the specialist in topology and differential geometry to have a closer look at the applications. So I welcome this second edition.
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