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A list of recommended books in topology by Allen Hatcher. The list includes books ranging from elementary to advanced levels, covering areas such as introductory books, algebraic topology, manifold theory, low-dimensional topology, and miscellaneous. The document also provides information on the availability and prices of the books. The list was made in 2003 and is in need of updating.

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Download A List of Recommended Books in Topology and more Study notes Network Design in PDF only on Docsity! A List of Recommended Books in Topology Allen Hatcher These are books that I personally like for one reason or another, or at least find use- ful. They range from elementary to advanced, but don’t cover absolutely all areas of Topology. The number of Topology books has been increasing rather rapidly in recent years after a long period when there was a real shortage, but there are still some areas that are difficult to learn due to the lack of a good book. The list was made in 2003 and is in need of updating. For the books that were still in print in 2003 I gave the price at that time since this certainly seems like relevant information. One cannot help noticing the wide variation in prices, which shows how ridiculously inflated the prices from some publishers are. When books are available online for free downloading this has been indicated. Unfortunately the number of such books is still small. Here are the main headings for the list: I. Introductory Books II. Algebraic Topology III. Manifold Theory IV. Low-Dimensional Topology V. Miscellaneous I. Introductory Books. General Introductions . Here are two books that give an idea of what topology is about, aimed at a general audience, without much in the way of prerequisites. • V V Prasolov. Intuitive Topology. American Mathematical Society 1995. [$20] • J R Weeks. The Shape of Space. 2nd ed. Marcel Dekker, 2002. [$35] Point-Set Topology. The standard textbook here seems to be the one by Munkres, but I’ve never been able to work up any enthusiasm for this rather pedestrian treatment. Also it’s now quite expensive at $98. Instead I prefer the following books: • K Jänich. Topology. Springer, 1984. [$30] — A pleasure to read. • M A Armstrong. Basic Topology. Springer, 1983. [$48] • J Dugundji. Topology. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1966. [OP] — A fine reference book on point-set topology, now out of print, unfortunately. • TW Gamelin and RE Greene. Introduction to Topology. 2nd ed. Dover Publications, 1999. [$11] • O Viro, O Ivanov, V Kharlamov, and N Netsvetaev. Elementary Topology. http://www.math.uu.se/˜oleg/educ-texts.html — Essentially just an outline with proofs left as exercises, but with many insightful com- ments. Includes also some algebraic topology and manifold theory. II. Algebraic Topology. Introductory. Naturally my favorite here is: • A Hatcher. Algebraic Topology. Cambridge University Press, 2002. [$30] Free electronic version available at http://www.math.cornell.edu/˜hatcher Here are three more with different viewpoints: • J P May. A Concise Course in Algebraic Topology. University of Chicago Press, 1999. [$18] — Good for getting the big picture. Perhaps not as easy for a beginner as the preceding book. • G E Bredon. Topology and Geometry. Springer GTM 139, 1993. [$70] — Includes basics on smooth manifolds, and even some point-set topology. • R Bott and L W Tu. Differential Forms in Algebraic Topology. Springer GTM 82, • A Adem and R J Milgram. Cohomology of Finite Groups. Springer, 1994. [OP] • D J Benson. Representations and Cohomology, Volume II: Cohomology of Groups and Modules. Cambridge University Press, 1992. [$35] • W G Dwyer and H-W Henn. Homotopy Theoretic Methods in Group Cohomology. Birkhäuser, 2001. [$30] — Two separate sets of notes for short courses by the two authors, each about 50 pages. III. Manifold Theory. Differential Topology. For expositional clarity Milnor’s three little books can hardly be beaten: • J Milnor. Topology from the Differentiable Viewpoint . rev. ed. Princeton Univer- sity Press, 1997. [$15] — Quite elementary and accessible. Just 65 pages, so only a small amount of material is covered, alas. • J Milnor. Morse Theory. Annals of Math Studies 51. Princeton University Press, 1963. [$50] • J Milnor. Lectures on the h-Cobordism Theorem. Princeton University Press, 1965. [OP] — A more specialized topic, but a cornerstone of the subject. An alternative to Milnor’s Morse Theory book that goes farther is: • Y Matsumoto. An Introduction to Morse Theory. Translations of Mathematical Monographs 208. AMS, 2002. [$39] At a somewhat more advanced level there is: • A A Kosinski. Differential Manifolds. Academic Press, 1993. [$98]. Dover reprint, 2007. [$16] — A rather nice exposition that for some reason has never really become popular. Perhaps the price had something to do with this. Fortunately there is now an inexpensive Dover reprint. Piecewise Linear Topology. PL topology was popular in the early days of manifold theory, but with the develop- ment of the appropriate tools in the purely topological category the PL category has fallen out of favor. The best source for this classical subject seems to be: • C P Rourke and B J Sanderson. Introduction to Piecewise-Linear Topology. Springer, 1972. [OP] Topological Manifolds. A textbook exposition is still lacking here, probably because of the technical difficulty of the subject. Here are an early monograph and a recent survey article: • R C Kirby and L C Siebenmann. Foundational Essays on Topological Manifolds, Smoothings, and Triangulations. Annals of Math Studies 88. Princeton University Press, 1977. [$45] • Y Rudyak. Piecewise Linear Structures on Topological Manifolds. preprint available at arXiv:math. AT/0105047, 2001. Surgery Theory. Surgery theory addresses the basic problem of classifying manifolds up to homeo- morphism or diffeomorphism. The first 100 pages of the following book give a nice overview: • S Weinberger. The Topological Classification of Stratified Spaces. University of Chicago Press, 1994. [$20] A more systematic exposition can be found in: • A Ranicki. Algebraic and Geometric Surgery. Oxford University Press, 2002. [$110] A collection of surveys that may be helpful is: • S Cappell, A Ranicki, and J Rosenberg, eds. Surveys on Surgery Theory. Annals of Math Studies 145. Princeton University Press, 2000. [$45] And here are two of the original books: • W Browder. Surgery on Simply-Connected Manifolds. Springer, 1972. [OP] • C T C Wall. Surgery on Compact Manifolds, 2nd ed. AMS, 1999. [$59] — This new edition of the 1970 original adds some commentary by A Ranicki. One of the classic early papers could also serve rather well to give the flavor of surgery theory: • M A Kervaire and J W Milnor. Groups of homotopy spheres. Annals of Mathematics 77 (1963), 504-537. IV. Low-Dimensional Topology. Surfaces. Someone should someday write a comprehensive exposition of topological surface theory. A small fraction of the theory can be found in • A J Casson and S A Bleiler. Automorphisms of Surfaces after Nielsen and Thurston. LMS Student Texts 9. Cambridge University Press, 1988. [$15] One can also look at an original paper: • W Thurston. On the geometry and dynamics of diffeomorphisms of surfaces. Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 19 (1988), 417-431. 3-Manifolds. For 3-manifold theory there are several books: • W Thurston. Three-Dimensional Geometry and Topology. Princeton University Press, 1997. [$55] — A geometric introduction by the master. Also useful for the geometry of surfaces. • A Hatcher. Basic Topology of 3-Manifolds. Unpublished notes available online at http://www.math.cornell.edu/˜hatcher — The more classical topological aspects of 3-manifold theory. • J Hempel. 3-Manifolds. Annals of Math Studies 86. Princeton University Press, 1976. [$30] • P Scott. Geometries of 3-manifolds. Bull. London Math. Soc. 15: 401-487, 1983. — A clear presentation of seven of Thurston’s eight possible geometric structures on 3- manifolds, all but hyperbolic geometry, the most subtle case by far. • N Saveliev. Invariants for Homology 3-Spheres. Springer, 2002. [$99]