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Introduction to 3-Manifolds
Jennifer Schultens, University of California, Davis, CA

Graduate Studies in Mathematics
2014; 286 pp; hardcover
Volume: 151
ISBN-10: 1-4704-1020-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-4704-1020-9
List Price: US$75
Member Price: US$60
Order Code: GSM/151
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This book grew out of a graduate course on 3-manifolds and is intended for a mathematically experienced audience that is new to low-dimensional topology.

The exposition begins with the definition of a manifold, explores possible additional structures on manifolds, discusses the classification of surfaces, introduces key foundational results for 3-manifolds, and provides an overview of knot theory. It then continues with more specialized topics by briefly considering triangulations of 3-manifolds, normal surface theory, and Heegaard splittings. The book finishes with a discussion of topics relevant to viewing 3-manifolds via the curve complex.

With about 250 figures and more than 200 exercises, this book can serve as an excellent overview and starting point for the study of 3-manifolds.

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Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in low-dimensional topology.

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