Spinning Tops: A Course on Integrable Systems

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Since the time of Lagrange and Euler, it has been well known that an understanding of algebraic curves can illuminate the picture of rigid bodies provided by classical mechanics. Many mathematicians have established a modern view of the role played by algebraic geometry in recent years. This book presents some of these modern techniques, which fall within the orbit of finite dimensional integrable systems. The main body of the text presents a rich assortment of methods and ideas from algebraic geometry prompted by classical mechanics, while in appendices the author describes general, abstract theory. She gives the methods a topological application, for the first time in book form, to the study of Liouville tori and their bifurcations.


Introduction; 1. The rigid body with a fixed point; 2. The symmetric spinning top; 3. The Kowalevski top; 4. The free rigid body; 5. Non-compact levels: a Toda lattice; Appendix 1. A Poisson structure on the dual of a Lie algebra; Appendix 2. R-matrices and the 'AKS theorem'; Appendix 3. The eigenvector mapping and linearising flows; Appendix 4. Complex curves, real curves and their Jacobians; Appendix 5. Prym varieties; Bibliography; Index.


'This book has several remarkable features ... This small book has very rich contents which can be commended to any mathematician or physicist interested in the subject.' European Mathematical Society
EAN: 9780521561297
ISBN: 0521561299
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Advanced'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2004
Seitenanzahl: 148 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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