Errata for Gauge Fields, Knots and Gravity

(by John Baez and Javier P. Muniain, published by World Scientific, Singapore, 1994)

I begin by listing known errors that appear only in the original version. A new version is now available from World Scientific, in which most of these should be fixed. Near the end of this page you can see errors that remain in the second version. Finally, the notes to Chapter 5 of part 3 refer to a quote by Maxwell which was supposed to appear at the very end of the chapter, but was omitted by a printer's error. The quote goes as follows:
The way in which Faraday made use of his ideas of lines of force in co-ordinating the phenomena of magneto-electric induction shew him to have been in reality a mathematician of a very high order — one from whom the mathematicians of the future may derive valuable and fertile methods. For the advance of the exact sciences depends upon the discovery and development of appropriate and exact ideas, by means of which we may form a mental representation of the facts, sufficiently general, on the one hand, to stand for any particular case, and sufficiently exact, on the other, to warrant the deductions we may draw from them by the application of mathematical reasoning. From the straight line of Euclid to the lines of force of Faraday this has been the character of the ideas by which science has been advanced, and by the free use of dynamical as well as geometrical ideas we may hope for a further advance. The use of mathematical calculations is to compare the results of the application of these ideas with our measurements of the quantities concerned in our experiments.... We are probably ignorant even of the name of the science which will be developed out of the materials we are now collecting.... — James Clerk Maxwell

Here's a list of known errors that appear in both the first and second version:


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