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Characteristic forms

Author: Shiing-Shen Chern; William P Thurston; American Mathematical Society.; Mathematical Association of America.
Publisher: Province, R.I : American Mathematical Society ; [S.l.] : Mathematical Association of America, ©1993.
Series: AMS-MAA joint lecture series.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Starting with the notion of Stiefel-Whitney classes, Chern moves on to the case of a complex vector bundle and the definition of a characteristic form. These concepts lead to the definition of the celebrated Chern-Simons forms and a certain global conformal invariant that has proven to be extremely useful in physics.
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Genre/Form: Filmed lectures
Videokassette
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Shiing-Shen Chern; William P Thurston; American Mathematical Society.; Mathematical Association of America.
ISBN: 0821880861 9780821880869
OCLC Number: 31085653
Notes: Lecture given Jan. 18, 1991 in San Francisco, Calif.
Credits: Introduced by William P. Thurston.
Event notes: Videotape of a lecture delivered in San Francisco on January 18, 1991.
Description: 1 videocassette : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Details: VHS.
Series Title: AMS-MAA joint lecture series.
Responsibility: Shiing S. Chern.

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Starting with the notion of Stiefel-Whitney classes, Chern moves on to the case of a complex vector bundle and the definition of a characteristic form. These concepts lead to the definition of the celebrated Chern-Simons forms and a certain global conformal invariant that has proven to be extremely useful in physics.

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