Geometric Measure Theory - 5th Edition - ISBN: 9780128044896, 9780128045275

Geometric Measure Theory

5th Edition

A Beginner's Guide

Authors: Frank Morgan
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128044896
eBook ISBN: 9780128045275
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 7th April 2016
Page Count: 272
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Geometric Measure Theory: A Beginner's Guide, Fifth Edition provides the framework readers need to understand the structure of a crystal, a soap bubble cluster, or a universe.

The book is essential to any student who wants to learn geometric measure theory, and will appeal to researchers and mathematicians working in the field. Brevity, clarity, and scope make this classic book an excellent introduction to more complex ideas from geometric measure theory and the calculus of variations for beginning graduate students and researchers.

Morgan emphasizes geometry over proofs and technicalities, providing a fast and efficient insight into many aspects of the subject, with new coverage to this edition including topical coverage of the Log Convex Density Conjecture, a major new theorem at the center of an area of mathematics that has exploded since its appearance in Perelman's proof of the Poincaré conjecture, and new topical coverage of manifolds taking into account all recent research advances in theory and applications.

Key Features

  • Focuses on core geometry rather than proofs, paving the way to fast and efficient insight into an extremely complex topic in geometric structures
  • Enables further study of more advanced topics and texts
  • Demonstrates in the simplest possible way how to relate concepts of geometric analysis by way of algebraic or topological techniques
  • Contains full topical coverage of The Log-Convex Density Conjecture
  • Comprehensively updated throughout


Graduate students and above with analysis backgrounds, researchers in differential geometry and geometric analysis.

Table of Contents

  • Geometric Measure Theory
  • Measures
  • Lipschitz Functions and Rectifiable Sets
  • Normal and Rectifiable Currents
  • The Compactness Theorem and the Existence of Area-Minimizing Surfaces
  • Examples of Area-Minimizing Surfaces
  • The Approximation Theorem
  • Survey of Regularity Results
  • Monotonicity and Oriented Tangent Cones
  • The Regularity of Area-Minimizing Hypersurfaces
  • Flat Chains Modulo v, Varifolds, and (M,E,)-Minimal Sets
  • Miscellaneous Useful Results
  • Soap Bubble Clusters
  • Proof of Double Bubble Conjecture
  • The Hexagonal Honeycomb and Kelvin Conjectures
  • Immiscible Fluids and Crystals
  • Isoperimetric Theorems in General Codimension
  • Manifolds with Density and Perelman's Proof of the Poincaré Conjecture
  • Double Bubbles in Spheres, Gauss Space, and Tori
  • The Log-Convex Density Conjecture
  • Solutions to Exercises


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About the Author

Frank Morgan

Frank Morgan is the Dennis Meenan '54 Third Century Professor of Mathematics at Williams College. He obtained his B.S. from MIT and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Princeton University. His research interest lies in minimal surfaces, studying the behavior and structure of minimizers in various settings. He has also written Riemannian Geometry: A Beginner's Guide, Calculus Lite, and most recently The Math Chat Book, based on his television program and column on the Mathematical Association of America Web site.

Affiliations and Expertise

Williams College, Williamstown, MA, USA


"Morgan’s book offers the best access I know into this difficult subject. It won’t make the reader an expert, but it does open the door to more detailed treatments. An excellent bibliography is provided." --MAA Reviews, Geometric Measure Theory, Fifth Edition

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