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This unique Dover textbook relies on a sophisticated undergraduate course taught by means of the writer for greater than 50 years. It introduces semi-Riemannian geometry and its relevant actual software, Einstein's concept of common relativity, utilizing the Cartan external calculus as a central device. necessities include linear algebra and complicated calculus. 2012 edition.

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Note: We need only the leading coefficient a~(q) explicitly in the following calculations. ) 2 The Specific Theories The preceding chapter has described the general properties of the spaces Yn(q), but there is a need to fill the general frame with concrete and explicit data. We have seen that the Legendre polynomials contain all that is necessary to determine an orthonormal system of spherical harmonics. This chapter is therefore devoted to the Pn(q;·) and their many relations and possibilities.

13) to Lemma 2: For t, s, u E [-1,1] and q to by the 3 we have ~ ~) N(q,n)p (. Isq-11 ~ . T'/(q-l») nq,st+uVl-s~vl-t- = ISql_21 N(q - 1, m)A~(q, t)A~(q, s)Pn(q - 1; u) We multiply by Pdq -1; u)(l- U2)~ on both sides and integrate over [-1,1]. 17) We have now gained a rather closed and explicit theory of complete systems of functions on spheres, and it is an interesting question if this knowledge can be used in other situations. So far, we used almost exclusively the standard polar coordinates to formulate our results.

An element of the space Y~(q). 3) for x = XqCq + X(q-l) ,X(q-l) E IRq-I. sQ-2 (x q + iX(q_l) . A*TJ(q_l»)ndsq - 2 (TJ) ISq1_21 } 8Q- r (X q 2 + iX(q_l) . «(q_l»)nds q - 2 ( ) Ln(x) because the substitution «(q-l) = A*TJ(q-l) does not change the value of the integral. 3) we have also Ln(cq) = 1. Thus Ln is the Legendre harmonic of degree n and dimension q. From Lemma 2, §7 we get where ~(q-l) is any point of Sq-2 and t E [-1,1]. Evaluation ofthe integral in standard coordinates now yields Laplace's first integral.

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