Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society 1993; 85 pp; softcover Volume: 105 ISBN10: 082182564X ISBN13: 9780821825648 List Price: US$34 Individual Members: US$20.40 Institutional Members: US$27.20 Order Code: MEMO/105/502
 This work studies abelian branched coverings of smooth complex projective surfaces from the topological viewpoint. Geometric information about the coverings (such as the first Betti numbers of a smooth model or intersections of embedded curves) is related to topological and combinatorial information about the base space and branch locus. Special attention is given to examples in which the base space is the complex projective plane and the branch locus is a configuration of lines. Readership Graduate students and researchers. Table of Contents  Introduction
 Preliminaries
 Intersections of curves on covering surfaces
 Hirzebruch covering surfaces
 Algorithm for computing the first Betti number
 Examples
 References
