Contemporary Mathematics 2004; 324 pp; softcover Volume: 354 ISBN10: 082183665X ISBN13: 9780821836651 List Price: US$103 Member Price: US$82.40 Order Code: CONM/354
 The Workshop on Real and Complex Singularities is held every other year at the Instituto de Ciências Matemáticas e de Computação (São Carlos, Brazil) and brings together specialists in the vanguard of singularities and its applications. This volume contains articles contributed by participants of the seventh workshop. The included papers reflect Fields Medalist René Thom's original vision of singularities and represent all branches of the subject: equisingularity of sets and mappings, the geometry of singular complex analytic sets, singularities of mappings and their elimination, characteristic classes, applications to differential geometry, differential equations, and bifurcation theory. The book is suitable for graduate students and researchers interested in singularity theory. Readership Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in singularity theory. Table of Contents  J. W. Bruce, G. J. Fletcher, and F. Tari  Zero curves of families of curve congruences
 A. Dimca and A. Némethi  Hypersurface complements, Alexander modules and monodromy
 D. Dreibelbis  Invariance of the diagonal contribution in a bitangency formula
 E. Esteves and S. L. Kleiman  Bounds on leaves of foliations of the plane
 L. Fehér and R. Rimányi  Calculation of Thom polynomials and other cohomological obstructions for group actions
 A. C. G. Fernandes and C. H. Soares, Jr.  On the bilipschitz triviality of families of real maps
 J.E. Furter and A. M. Sitta  A note on the path formulation for \((\mathbb{O}(2),\mathbb{SO}(2))\)forced symmetry breaking bifurcation
 T. Gaffney  Polar methods, invariants of pairs of modules and equisingularity
 I. S. Labouriau and C. M. S. G. Rito  Stability of equilibria in equations of HodgkinHuxley type
 A. Libgober  Isolated nonnormal crossings
 A. Némethi  Invariants of normal surface singularities
 R. D. S. Oliveira  Families of pairs of Hamiltonian vector fields in the plane
 A. A. du Plessis and C. T. C. Wall  Topology of unfoldings of singularities in the \(E, Z\) and \(Q\) series
 M. C. RomeroFuster  Semiumbilics and geometrical dynamics on surfaces in 4spaces
 D. Siersma and M. Tibăr  On the vanishing cycles of a meromorphic function on the complement of its poles
 J. Stevens  Some adjacencies to cusp singularities
 A. Szűcs  Elimination of singularities by cobordism
