CBMS Regional Conference Series in Mathematics 1980; 251 pp; softcover Number: 43 Reprint/Revision History: third printing with corrections 1997 ISBN10: 0821816934 ISBN13: 9780821816936 List Price: US$30 Member Price: US$24 All Individuals: US$24 Order Code: CBMS/43
 This manuscript is a detailed presentation of the ten lectures given by the author at the NSF Regional Conference on ThreeManifold Topology, held October 1977, at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. The purpose of the conference was to present the current state of affairs in threemanifold topology and to integrate the classical results with the many recent advances and new directions. Readership Reviews "Interesting and useful to both the expert and the nonexpert in the field ... An important contribution to the theory."  Mathematical Reviews Table of Contents  Loop theoremsphere theorem: The Tower Construction
 Connected sums
 2manifolds embedded in 3manifolds
 Hierarchies
 Threemanifold groups
 Seifert fibered manifolds
 Peripheral structure
 Essential homotopies (the annulustorus theorems)
 Characteristic Seifert pairs
 Deforming homotopy equivalences
 Bibliography
 Index
