Structure of Dynamical Systems

A Symplectic View of Physics

  • Jean-Marie Souriau

Part of the Progress in Mathematics book series (PM, volume 149)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiv
  2. Differential Geometry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. Symplectic Geometry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
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  4. Mechanics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
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  5. Statistical Mechanics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
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  6. A Method of Quantization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 305-305
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 387-406

About this book


This book is addressed to graduate students and researchers in mathematics and physics who are interested in mathematical and theoretical physics, symplectic geometry, mechanics, and (geometric) quantization.

The aim of the book is to treat all three basic theories of physics, namely, classical mechanics, statistical mechanics, and quantum mechanics from the same perspective, that of symplectic geometry, thus showing the unifying power of the symplectic geometric approach. Reading this book will give the reader a deep understanding of the interrelationships between the three basic theories of physics.

The first tow chapters provide the necessary mathematical background in differential geometry, Lie groups, and symplectic geometry. In Chapter 3 a coherent symplectic description of Galilean and relativistic mechanics is given, culminating in the classification of elementary particles (relativistic and non-relativistic, with or without spin, with or without mass). In Chapter 4 statistical mechanics is put into symplectic form, finishing with a symplectic description of the kinetic theory of gases and the computation of specific heats. Finally, in Chapter 5 the author presents his theory of geometric quantization. Highlights of this chapter are the derivations of various wave equations and the construction of the Fock space.


Derivation calculus differential geometry equation geometry manifold mathematics quantum mechanics symplectic geometry

Authors and affiliations

  • Jean-Marie Souriau
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  1. 1.UFR de MathématiquesUniversité de ProvenceMarseilleFrance

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Birkhäuser Boston 1997
  • Publisher Name Birkhäuser, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-6692-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-0281-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0743-1643
  • Series Online ISSN 2296-505X
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