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Lectures on Three-Manifold Topology
William Jaco, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
A co-publication of the AMS and CBMS.

CBMS Regional Conference Series in Mathematics
1980; 251 pp; softcover
Number: 43
Reprint/Revision History:
third printing with corrections 1997
ISBN-10: 0-8218-1693-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-1693-6
List Price: US$30
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Order Code: CBMS/43
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This manuscript is a detailed presentation of the ten lectures given by the author at the NSF Regional Conference on Three-Manifold Topology, held October 1977, at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. The purpose of the conference was to present the current state of affairs in three-manifold topology and to integrate the classical results with the many recent advances and new directions.



"Interesting and useful to both the expert and the nonexpert in the field ... An important contribution to the theory."

-- Mathematical Reviews

Table of Contents

  • Loop theorem-sphere theorem: The Tower Construction
  • Connected sums
  • 2-manifolds embedded in 3-manifolds
  • Hierarchies
  • Three-manifold groups
  • Seifert fibered manifolds
  • Peripheral structure
  • Essential homotopies (the annulus-torus theorems)
  • Characteristic Seifert pairs
  • Deforming homotopy equivalences
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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