Differential Geometry of Foliations

The Fundamental Integrability Problem

  • Bruce L. Reinhart

Part of the Ergebnisse der Mathematik und ihrer Grenzgebiete book series (MATHE2, volume 99)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Bruce L. Reinhart
    Pages 93-107
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 181-198

About this book


Whoever you are! How can I but offer you divine leaves . . . ? Walt Whitman The object of study in modern differential geometry is a manifold with a differ­ ential structure, and usually some additional structure as well. Thus, one is given a topological space M and a family of homeomorphisms, called coordinate sys­ tems, between open subsets of the space and open subsets of a real vector space V. It is supposed that where two domains overlap, the images are related by a diffeomorphism, called a coordinate transformation, between open subsets of V. M has associated with it a tangent bundle, which is a vector bundle with fiber V and group the general linear group GL(V). The additional structures that occur include Riemannian metrics, connections, complex structures, foliations, and many more. Frequently there is associated to the structure a reduction of the group of the tangent bundle to some subgroup G of GL(V). It is particularly pleasant if one can choose the coordinate systems so that the Jacobian matrices of the coordinate transformations belong to G. A reduction to G is called a G-structure, which is called integrable (or flat) if the condition on the Jacobians is satisfied. The strength of the integrability hypothesis is well-illustrated by the case of the orthogonal group On. An On-structure is given by the choice of a Riemannian metric, and therefore exists on every smooth manifold.


Blätterung (Math.) Differentialgeometrie Geometry Riemannian manifold diffeomorphism differential geometry manifold

Authors and affiliations

  • Bruce L. Reinhart
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-69015-0
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-69017-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-69015-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0071-1136
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