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Text on tensors

Postby babbar.ankit » Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:40 am

I want to know a good text with problems in tensors

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Re: Text on tensors

Postby grae313 » Wed Jun 30, 2010 4:13 pm

Probably a few more details on what you're looking for would be helpful.

Are you looking for a math text that treats tensors in a general sense? Or are you looking to learn about tensors as applied to a specific branch of physics?

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Re: Text on tensors

Postby physics_auth » Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:55 pm

babbar.ankit wrote:I want to know a good text with problems in tensors

"Tensors, Differential Forms and Variational principles", David Lovelock and Hanno Rund, Dover publications. A lot of solved problems are included in a related book of Schaum's series ("Tensor calculus"). In case you want to explore the geometric structure of tensors you have to turn to different books, but it is much easier to commence with the abstract (indicial) form of tensor analysis and after mastering that to move to their geometric structure. In case you find the book of Lovelock stodgy for an introduction to the subject try "Vector and tensor analysis with applications", A.I.Borisenko and I.E. Tarapov, Dover publications.

Warning: You will find it hard to get used to the notation of tensor calculus at the beginning.

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