nLab affine connection



\infty-Chern-Weil theory

Differential cohomology



An affine connection \nabla on a smooth manifold MM is a connection on the frame bundle FMF M of MM, i.e., the principal bundle of frames in the tangent bundle TMT M.

The components of the local Lie-algebra valued 1-form of an affine connection are called Christoffel symbols.


A coordinate-free treatment first appeared in

  • Harley Flanders?, Development of an extended exterior differential calculus. Transactions of the American Mathematical Society 75:2 (1953), 311–311. doi.

  • wikipedia affine connection

  • eom affine connection

  • А.П. Норден, Пространства аффинной связности, 1976, djvu

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