"Each chapter concludes with an excellent section of notes and advanced exercises with further results, with hints and sketches of solutions at the end of the book...I think that it is the best reference on Riemannian geometry available, especially for someone interested in isoperimetric problems...Chavel is one of about a dozen mathematics books I keep at home for ready reference."
Frank Morgan, SIAM Review
Requiring only an understanding of differentiable manifolds, Isaac Chavel covers introductory ideas followed by a selection of more specialized topics in this second edition. He provides a clearer treatment of many topics, with new proofs of some theorems and a new chapter on the Riemannian geometry of surfaces. Among the classical topics shown in a new setting is isoperimetric inequalities in curved spaces. Completely new themes created by curvature include the classical Rauch comparison theorem and its consequences in geometry and topology, and the interaction of microscopic behavior of the geometry with the macroscopic structure of the space.
This corrected and clarified second edition, including a new chapter on the Riemannian geometry of surfaces, provides an introduction to the geometry of curved spaces. Its main themes are the effect of the curvature of these spaces on the usual notions of classical Euclidean geometry and the new notions and ideas motivated by curvature itself. An ambitious Notes and Exercises section is included with each chapter. The book, which could be used as the basis for a graduate course, will appeal to graduate students and researchers in differential geometry and topology, analysis and differential equations.
About the Author
Isaac Chavel is Professor of Mathematics at The City College of the City University of New York. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Yeshiva University under the direction of Professor Harry E. Rauch. He has published in international journals in the areas of differential geometry and partial differential equations, especially the Laplace and heat operators on Riemannian manifolds. His other books include Eigenvalues in Riemannian Geometry, Academic Press, 1984, and Isoperimetric Inequalities: Differential Geometric and Analytic Perspectives, Cambridge U. Press, 2001. He has been teaching at The City College of the City University of New York since 1970, and has been a member of the doctoral program of the City University of New York since 1976. He is a member of the American Mathematical Society.