Basic Algebraic Topology by Anant R. Shastri

By Anant R. Shastri

Building on rudimentary wisdom of actual research, point-set topology, and easy algebra, Basic Algebraic Topology presents lots of fabric for a two-semester direction in algebraic topology.

The e-book first introduces the required primary ideas, similar to relative homotopy, fibrations and cofibrations, class conception, mobilephone complexes, and simplicial complexes. It then specializes in the basic team, protecting areas and ordinary features of homology conception. It offers the important gadgets of research in topology visualization: manifolds. After constructing the homology concept with coefficients, homology of the goods, and cohomology algebra, the e-book returns to the examine of manifolds, discussing Poincaré duality and the De Rham theorem. a quick creation to cohomology of sheaves and Čech cohomology follows. The middle of the textual content covers larger homotopy teams, Hurewicz’s isomorphism theorem, obstruction conception, Eilenberg-Mac Lane areas, and Moore-Postnikov decomposition. the writer then relates the homology of the full house of a fibration to that of the bottom and the fiber, with functions to attribute sessions and vector bundles. The booklet concludes with the fundamental idea of spectral sequences and several other functions, together with Serre’s seminal paintings on better homotopy groups.

Thoroughly classroom-tested, this self-contained textual content takes scholars all of the solution to turning into algebraic topologists. ancient comments in the course of the textual content make the topic extra significant to scholars. additionally appropriate for researchers, the publication offers references for extra interpreting, offers complete proofs of all effects, and contains a variety of workouts of various levels.

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The continuity at points of the form ([x, t], t′ , t′′ ) for t = 0 is trivial. At all points of the form, ([x, 0], t′ , t′′ ), it follows from the ¯ is uniformly continuous in x. 8 to see that fact that H that the topology on CX × I is the quotient topology from X × I × I and hence continuity ¯ of H automatically implies the continuity of H. 12 For any topological space X, CX × 0 ∪ X × I is a SDR of CX × I where we identify X with the image in CX of the space X × 1. 13 For any topological space, the inclusion map x → [x, 1] of X into CX is a cofibration.

4 Relative Homotopy We now return to the homotopy theory. 2 we have seen that a meaningful study of the paths can be carried out with a modified notion of homotopy, which is called path-homotopy. This was nothing but a homotopy with an additional property that the two end-points were fixed. We would like to generalize this notion now. Relative Homotopy 27 In order to study homotopy properties of spaces, we need to work out from smaller pieces of the space to larger chunks. This demands that the information that we have on smaller spaces is not lost when we move on to larger spaces and so, the notion of homotopy needs to be strengthened by allowing us to exercise control over some smaller part of a given space.

We say X is simply connected if π1 (X, x0 ) = (1) for some point x0 ∈ X (and hence for every point x0 ∈ X). 14 Recall that the map θ → e2πıθ may be used to identify the quotient space I/{0, 1} with the unit circle S1 . It follows from the properties of quotient spaces that this identification, in turn, induces an identification of π1 (X, a) with the set [(S1 , 1); (X, a)] of relative homotopy classes of base point preserving maps from S1 to X. This description of π1 comes often very handy. 15 If X is a contractible space then X is simply connected.

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