An Introduction to Clifford Algebras and Spinors
Jayme Vaz, Jr. and Roldao da Rocha, Jr.
Reviews and Awards
"This book wonderfully captures the essence of progress in the study of Clifford algebras and spinors. Throughout the text, from the word go, the reader finds various worked examples to help understand the ideas presented." -- IMA Book Reviews
"An Introduction to Clifford Algebras and Spinors, by Jayme Vaz Jr. and Roldão da Rocha Jr. is a thoughtful exposition of the main results of the theory of Clifford algebras and spinors. It is really an essential book to any student that wants to understand and grasp the several different (but under certain conditions equivalent) concepts of spinors appearing in the literature (algebraic, classical and operator spinors). Indeed, the concept of operator spinor is very important since besides revealing naturally the true geometrical nature of the concept it also clarifies that contrary to what is usually stated in the literature it is not the case that spinors are mathematical objects more fundamental than tensors. Indeed spinors can be written as some well-defined equivalence classes of non-homogeneous multivectors in appropriate Clifford algebras." --Waldyr A. Rodrigues Jr., Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Scientific Computation, State University of Campinas, Brazil
"This is a textbook that was missing until now. It presents the topic of spinors from many different viewpoints which are presently used in the literature and clarifies the connections among them. One is surprised by the vastness and fertility of this subject, and, at the same time, realizes that it provides the appropriate equipment to tackle fundamental themes such as Dirac and the second quantization of spinors." --Loriano Bonora, Theoretical Particle Physics, SISSA, Italy
"The approach undertaken by the authors is very clear and friendly to the readers, because formal developments are nearly always accompanied by illustrative examples. This is a great merit of the book." --Matej Pavsic, Jozef Stefan Institute
"The authorsâ approach is very clear and elementary despite the formal and rather heavy algebraic aspects involved. The numerous concrete examples given to illustrate each new notion are valuable for a better understanding of the subject and are helpful for potential applications in different fields." -- Oussama Hijazi, Acta Crystallographica