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A Basic Course in Algebraic Topology
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1: Two-Dimensional Manifolds .- 2: The Fundamental Group .- 3: Free Groups and Free Products of Groups.- 4: Seifert and Van Kampen Theorem on the Fundamental Group of the Union of Two Spaces. Applications .- 5: Covering Spaces .- 6: Background and Motivation for Homology Theory .- 7: Definitions and Basic Properties of Homology Theory .- 8: Determination of the Homology Groups of Certain Spaces: Applications and Further Properties of Homology Theory .- 9: Homology of CW-Complexes.- 10: Homology with Arbitrary Coefficient Groups .- 11: The Homology of Product Spaces.- 12: Cohomology Theory.- 13: Products in Homology and Cohomology.- 14: Duality Theorems for the Homology of Manifolds.- 15: Cup Products in Projective Spaces and Applications of Cup Products. Appendix A: A Proof of De Rham's Theorem..- Appendix B: Permutation Groups or Tranformation Groups.

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William S. Massey (1920-2017) was an American mathematician known for his work in algebraic topology. The Blakers-Massey theorem and the Massey product were both named for him. His textbooks Singular Homology Theory and Algebraic Topology: An Introduction are also in the Graduate Texts in Mathematics series.

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W.S. Massey

A Basic Course in Algebraic Topology "In the minds of many people algebraic topology is a subject which is a ~esoteric, specialized, and disjoint from the overall sweep of mathematical thought.a (TM) This straightforward introduction to the subject, by a recognized authority, aims to dispel that point of view by emphasizing: 1. the geometric motivation for the various concepts and 2. the applications to other areas."a "BULLETIN OF THE IRISH MATHEMATICS SOCIETY


W.S. Massey

A Basic Course in Algebraic Topology"In the minds of many people algebraic topology is a subject which is esoteric, specialized, and disjoint from the overall sweep of mathematical thought. This straightforward introduction to the subject, by a recognized authority, aims to dispel that point of view by emphasizing: 1. the geometric motivation for the various concepts and 2. the applications to other areas."BULLETIN OF THE IRISH MATHEMATICS SOCIETY

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