Floer Homology, Gauge Theory, and Low Dimensional Topology
by David Ellwood, at al.
Publisher: American Mathematical Society 2006
Number of pages: 314
Mathematical gauge theory studies connections on principal bundles, or, more precisely, the solution spaces of certain partial differential equations for such connections. Historically, these equations have come from mathematical physics, and play an important role in the description of the electro-weak and strong nuclear forces.
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