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Michael Atiyah and Isadore Singer associated two differently defined numbers to an elliptic operator on a manifold: the topological index and the analytical index. The index theorem asserts that the two are equal.
The index theorem generalizes earlier results such as the Riemann-Roch theorem.
The original articles:
Michael Atiyah, Isadore Singer, The index of elliptic operators I, Ann. of Math. (2) 87 (1968) pp. 484–530; III, Ann. of Math. (2) 87 (1968) pp. 546–604; IV, Ann. of Math. (2) 93 (1971) pp. 119–138; V, Ann. of Math. (2) 93 (1971) pp. 139–149
Michael Atiyah, Graeme Segal, The index of elliptic operators II, Ann. of Math. (2) 87 (1968) pp. 531–545
Review:
Peter Gilkey, Section 5.2 of: Invariance Theory: The Heat Equation and the Atiyah-Singer Index Theorem, 1995 (pdf)
Rafe Mazzeo, The Atiyah-Singer Index theorem: what it is and why you should care, (slides)
See also
A proof of the Atiyah-Singer index theorem in terms of KK-theory/E-theory has been given by Nigel Higson, an account is in
A lightning review of the proof is on the last pages of
The index theorem has an interpretation in terms of the quantum field theory of the superparticle on the given space.
Traditional physics arguments along these lines include for instance
P. Windey, Supersymmetric quantum mechanics and the Atiyah–Singer index theorem, Acta Physica Polonica, B15 (1984). (PDF)
Luis Alvarez-Gaumé, Supersymmetry and the Atiyah-Singer index theorem, Comm. Math. Phys. Volume 90, Number 2 (1983), 161-173. (EUCLID)
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