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Index Theory, Coarse Geometry, and Topology of Manifolds
John Roe, University of Oxford, England
A co-publication of the AMS and CBMS.
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CBMS Regional Conference Series in Mathematics
1996; 100 pp; softcover
Number: 90
ISBN-10: 0-8218-0413-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-0413-1
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Order Code: CBMS/90
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Lectures on Coarse Geometry - John Roe

The Atiyah-Singer index theorem is one of the most powerful tools for relating geometry, analysis, and topology. In its original form, however, it applies only to compact manifolds. This book describes a version of index theory which works for noncompact spaces with appropriate control, such as complete Riemannian manifolds. The relevant "control" is provided by the large scale geometry of the space, and basic notions of large scale geometry are developed.

Index theory for the signature operator is related to geometric topology via surgery theory. And, paralleling the analytic development, "controlled" surgery theories for noncompact spaces have been developed by topologists. This book explores the connections between these theories, producing a natural transformation from surgery to "analytic surgery".

The analytic foundations of the work come from the theory of \(C^*\)-algebras, and the properties of the \(C^*\)-algebra of a coarse space are developed in detail.

The book is based on lectures presented at a conference held in Boulder, Colorado, in August 1995 and includes the author's detailed notes and descriptions of some constructions that were finalized after the lectures were delivered.

Also available from the AMS by John Roe is Lectures on Coarse Geometry.

Readership

Graduate students and research mathematicians working in global analysis, geometric topology, and infinite group theory.

Reviews

"Highly recommended for anyone interested in the relationship between index theory and the topology of manifolds."

-- Mathematical Reviews

"A clear introduction to a subject which is obviously quite complicated ... for those interested in acquainting themselves with the \(C^*\)-algebraic index theory and its applications, the entire book should be required reading."

-- Bulletin of the LMS

Table of Contents

  • Index theory (Chapter 1)
  • Coarse geometry (Chapter 2)
  • \(C*\)-algebras (Chapter 3)
  • An example of a higher index theorem (Chapter 4)
  • Assembly (Chapter 5)
  • Surgery (Chapter 6)
  • Mapping surgery to analysis (Chapter 7)
  • The coarse Baum-Connes conjecture (Chapter 8)
  • Methods of computation (Chapter 9)
  • Coarse structures and boundaries (Chapter 10)
  • References
  • Index
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