An Introduction to Algebraic Topology

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A clear exposition, with exercises, of the basic ideas of algebraic topology. Suitable for a two-semester course at the beginning graduate level, it assumes a knowledge of point set topology and basic algebra. Although categories and functors are introduced early in the text, excessive generality is avoided, and the author explains the geometric or analytic origins of abstract concepts as they are introduced.
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Overview

A clear exposition, with exercises, of the basic ideas of algebraic topology. Suitable for a two-semester course at the beginning graduate level, it assumes a knowledge of point set topology and basic algebra. Although categories and functors are introduced early in the text, excessive generality is avoided, and the author explains the geometric or analytic origins of abstract concepts as they are introduced.
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Handsome text provides graduate students with an exceptionally accessible introduction to the ideas and methods of algebraic topology. The author writes with graceful lucidity, and gives careful attention to motivational matters. Exercises punctuate the twelve chapters at frequent intervals. A valuable addition to the advanced pedagogical literature. (NW) Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461289302
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Series: Graduate Texts in Mathematics Series , #119
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1988
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 438
  • Sales rank: 541,407
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

0 Introduction.- Notation.- Brouwer Fixed Point Theorem.- Categories and Functors.- 1.Some Basic Topological Notions.- Homotopy.- Convexity, Contractibility, and Cones.- Paths and Path Connectedness.- 2 Simplexes.- Affine Spaces.- Affine Maps.- 3 The Fundamental Group.- The Fundamental Groupoid.- The Functor—1.-—1(S1).- 4 Singular Homology.- Holes and Green’s Theorem.- Free Abelian Groups.- The Singular Complex and Homology Functors.- Dimension Axiom and Compact Supports.- The Homotopy Axiom.- The Hurewicz Theorem.- 5 Long Exact Sequences.- The Category Comp.- Exact Homology Sequences.- Reduced Homology.- 6 Excision and Applications.- Excision and Mayer-Vietoris.- Homology of Spheres and Some Applications.- Barycentric Subdivision and the Proof of Excision.- More Applications to Euclidean Space.- 7 Simplicial Complexes.- Definitions.- Simplicial Approximation.- Abstract Simplicial Complexes.- Simplicial Homology.- Comparison with Singular Homology.- Calculations.- Fundamental Groups of Polyhedra.- The Seifert-van Kampen Theorem.- 8 CW Complexes.- Hausdorff Quotient Spaces.- Attaching Cells.- Homology and Attaching Cells.- CW Complexes.- Cellular Homology.- 9 Natural Transformations.- Definitions and Examples.- Eilenberg-Steenrod Axioms.- Chain Equivalences.- Acyclic Models.- Lefschetz Fixed Point Theorem.- Tensor Products.- Universal Coefficients.- Eilenberg-Zilber Theorem and the Künneth Formula.- 10 Covering Spaces.- Basic Properties.- Covering Transformations.- Existence.- Orbit Spaces.- 11 Homotopy Groups.- Function Spaces.- Group Objects and Cogroup Objects.- Loop Space and Suspension.- Homotopy Groups.- Exact Sequences.- Fibrations.- A Glimpse Ahead.- 12 Cohomology.- Differential Forms.- Cohomology Groups.- Universal Coefficients Theorems for Cohomology.- Cohomology Rings.- Computations and Applications.- Notation.
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