# A comprehensive introduction to differential geometry

@inproceedings{Spivak1975ACI, title={A comprehensive introduction to differential geometry}, author={Michael David Spivak}, year={1975} }

Spivak's Comprehensive introduction takes as its theme the classical roots of contemporary differential geometry. Spivak explains his Main Premise (my term) as follows: "in order for an introduction to differential geometry to expose the geometric aspect of the subject, an historical approach is necessary; there is no point in introducing the curvature tensor without explaining how it was invented and what it has to do with curvature". His second premise concerns the manner in which the…

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