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Are vectors and covectors the same thing?

In Euclidean space, we usually don't distinguish between vectors and covectors (or dual vectors or 1-forms or whatever you want to call them) -- because the spaces overlap. However, a physicist ...
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Resources for properly developing a modern understanding tensors

I am currently learning about tensors as they come up in the mathematics behind continuum mechanics. I was fairly disappointed with my initial foray into tensors, as presented in the book Classical ...
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I feel that (physics) notation for tensor calculus is awful. Are there any alternative notations worth looking into?

I am reading through Fung and Tong's "Classical and Computational Solid Mechanics", and feel that the Einstein summation convention saves a few symbols, at the expense of a lot of clarity. Along with ...
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What is tensor, really?

How can one understands the definition of tensor from the purely formal point of view? To what abstract structure this concept can be generalized?
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Tensors as matrices vs. Tensors as multi-linear maps

So I read the answers in this question, and don't feel that much closer to an answer about how tensors as multi-linear maps and tensors as "multi-dimensional" matrices are truly related. For ...