- Combines material from many areas of mathematics, including algebra, geometry, and analysis, so students see connections between these areas
- Applies material to physics so students appreciate the applications of abstract mathematics
- Assumes only linear algebra and calculus, making an advanced subject accessible to undergraduates
- Includes 142 exercises, many with hints or complete solutions, so text may be used in the classroom or for self study
A former student of the Ecole Normale Superieure, Yvette Kosmann-Schwarzbach holds a Doctorat d'Etat in mathematics as well as a degree in physics from the University of Paris. She has been a professor of mathematics at the University of Lille, at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and most recently at the Ecole Polytechnique (France). She has organized numerous conferences, and has held visiting positions and lectured on four continents. The author of the forthcoming historical study, The Noether Theorems. Invariance and Conservation Laws in the Twentieth Century (Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences), she has published some 70 research articles in differential geometry, algebra and mathematical physics, and has also co-edited The Verdier Memorial Conference on Integrable Systems (Progress in Mathematics), Integrability of Nonlinear Systems (Lecture Notes in Physics) and Discrete Integrable Systems (Lecture Notes in Physics).