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Iwanami Series in Modern Mathematics
Geometry of Characteristic Classes
Shigeyuki Morita, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Translations of Mathematical Monographs
Iwanami Series in Modern Mathematics
2001; 185 pp; softcover
Volume: 199
ISBN-10: 0-8218-2139-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-2139-8
List Price: US$46
Member Price: US$36.80
Order Code: MMONO/199
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Characteristic classes are central to the modern study of the topology and geometry of manifolds. They were first introduced in topology, where, for instance, they could be used to define obstructions to the existence of certain fiber bundles. Characteristic classes were later defined using connections on vector bundles, thus revealing their geometric side.

The purpose of this book is to introduce the reader to the three theories of characteristic classes that were developed in the late 1960s. They include characteristic classes of flat bundles, characteristic classes of foliations, and characteristic classes of surface bundles.

The book is intended for graduate students and research mathematicians working in various areas of geometry and topology.


Graduate students and research mathematicians working in geometry.

Table of Contents

  • De Rham homotopy theory
  • Characteristic classes of flat bundles
  • Characteristic classes of foliations
  • Characteristic classes of surface bundles
  • Directions and problems for future research
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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