Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society 1996; 113 pp; softcover Volume: 123 ISBN10: 0821804812 ISBN13: 9780821804810 List Price: US$42 Individual Members: US$25.20 Institutional Members: US$33.60 Order Code: MEMO/123/589
 In this book, the author considers a general class of nonisolated hypersurface and complete intersection singularities called "almost free divisors and complete intersections", which simultaneously extend both the free divisors introduced by K. Saito and the isolated hypersurface and complete intersection singularities. They also include discriminants of mappings, bifurcation sets, and certain types of arrangements of hyperplanes, such as Coxeter arrangements and generic arrangements. Topological properties of these singularities are studied via a "singular Milnor fibration" which has the same homotopy properties as the Milnor fibration for isolated singularities. The associated "singular Milnor number" can be computed as the length of a determinantal module using a Bezouttype theorem. This allows one to define and compute higher multiplicities along the lines of Teissier's \(\mu ^*\)constants. These are applied to deduce topological properties of singularities in a number of situations including: complements of hyperplane arrangements, various nonisolated complete intersections, nonlinear arrangements of hypersurfaces, functions on discriminants, singularities defined by compositions of functions, and bifurcation sets. Features:  Treats nonisolated and isolated singularities together
 Uses the singular Milnor fibration with its simpler homotopy structure as an effective tool
 Explicitly computes the singular Milnor number and higher multiplicities using a Bezouttype theorem for modules
Readership Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in local analytic singularities, algebraic geometry, singularity theory, topology of arrangements and their applications. Table of Contents  Introduction
 Almost free divisors
 Linear and nonlinear arrangements
 Almost free complete intersections
 Topology of compositions and nonREALizability
 Bibliography
