By Richard Montgomery

Subriemannian geometries, often referred to as Carnot-Caratheodory geometries, may be seen as limits of Riemannian geometries. in addition they come up in actual phenomenon related to "geometric levels" or holonomy. Very approximately talking, a subriemannian geometry involves a manifold endowed with a distribution (meaning a $k$-plane box, or subbundle of the tangent bundle), referred to as horizontal including an internal product on that distribution. If $k=n$, the measurement of the manifold, we get the standard Riemannian geometry. Given a subriemannian geometry, we will be able to outline the gap among issues simply as within the Riemannin case, other than we're purely allowed to go back and forth alongside the horizontal traces among issues.

The ebook is dedicated to the examine of subriemannian geometries, their geodesics, and their functions. It starts off with the easiest nontrivial instance of a subriemannian geometry: the two-dimensional isoperimetric challenge reformulated as an issue of discovering subriemannian geodesics. between issues mentioned in different chapters of the 1st a part of the booklet we point out an basic exposition of Gromov's outstanding suggestion to exploit subriemannian geometry for proving a theorem in discrete crew conception and Cartan's approach to equivalence utilized to the matter of knowing invariants (diffeomorphism forms) of distributions. there's additionally a bankruptcy dedicated to open difficulties.

The moment a part of the booklet is dedicated to functions of subriemannian geometry. specifically, the writer describes in element the next 4 actual difficulties: Berry's part in quantum mechanics, the matter of a falling cat righting herself, that of a microorganism swimming, and a part challenge bobbing up within the $N$-body challenge. He indicates that each one those difficulties will be studied utilizing an identical underlying form of subriemannian geometry: that of a relevant package deal endowed with $G$-invariant metrics.

Reading the booklet calls for introductory wisdom of differential geometry, and it might function an outstanding creation to this new intriguing zone of arithmetic.

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