Synopses & Reviews
This book is an introduction to manifolds at the beginning graduate level, and accessible to any student who has completed a solid undergraduate degree in mathematics. It contains the essential topological ideas that are needed for the further study of manifolds, particularly in the context of differential geometry, algebraic topology, and related fields. Although this second edition has the same basic structure as the first edition, it has been extensively revised and clarified; not a single page has been left untouched.
From the reviews of the second edition: "An excellent introduction to both point-set and algebraic topology at the early-graduate level, using manifolds as a primary source of examples and motivation. ... The author has ... fulfilled his objective of integrating a study of manifolds into an introductory course in general and algebraic topology. This text is well-organized and clearly written, with a good blend of motivational discussion and mathematical rigor. ... Any student who has gone through this book should be well-prepared to pursue the study of differential geometry ... ." (Mark Hunacek, The Mathematical Association of America, March, 2011)
Extensively revised and updated, this volume provides
About the Author
John M. Lee is a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington. His previous Springer textbooks in the Graduate Texts in Mathematics series include the first edition of Introduction to Topological Manifolds, Introduction to Smooth Manifolds, and Riemannian Manifolds: An Introduction.
Table of Contents
Preface.- 1 Introduction.- 2 Topological Spaces.- 3 New Spaces from Old.- 4 Connectedness and Compactness.- 5 Cell Complexes.- 6 Compact Surfaces.- 7 Homotopy and the Fundamental Group.- 8 The Circle.- 9 Some Group Theory.- 10 The Seifert-Van Kampen Theorem.- 11 Covering Maps.- 12 Group Actions and Covering Maps.- 13 Homology.- Appendix A: Review of Set Theory.- Appendix B: Review of Metric Spaces.- Appendix C: Review of Group Theory.- References.- Notation Index.- Subject Index.