Geometry and Topology of Manifolds: Surfaces and Beyond
About this Title
Vicente Muñoz, Universidad de Málaga, Málaga, Spain, Ángel González-Prieto, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain and Juan Ángel Rojo, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Publication: Graduate Studies in Mathematics
Publication Year: 2020; Volume 208
ISBNs: 978-1-4704-6132-4 (print); 978-1-4704-6162-1 (online)
This book represents a novel approach to differential topology. Its main focus is to give a comprehensive introduction to the classification of manifolds, with special attention paid to the case of surfaces, for which the book provides a complete classification from many points of view: topological, smooth, constant curvature, complex, and conformal.
Each chapter briefly revisits basic results usually known to graduate students from an alternative perspective, focusing on surfaces. We provide full proofs of some remarkable results that sometimes are missed in basic courses (e.g., the construction of triangulations on surfaces, the classification of surfaces, the Gauss-Bonnet theorem, the degree-genus formula for complex plane curves, the existence of constant curvature metrics on conformal surfaces), and we give hints to questions about higher dimensional manifolds. Many examples and remarks are scattered through the book. Each chapter ends with an exhaustive collection of problems and a list of topics for further study.
The book is primarily addressed to graduate students who did take standard introductory courses on algebraic topology, differential and Riemannian geometry, or algebraic geometry, but have not seen their deep interconnections, which permeate a modern approach to geometry and topology of manifolds.
Undergraduate and graduate students interested in teaching and learning the basics of algebraic and differential topology.
Table of Contents
- Topological surfaces
- Algebraic topology
- Riemannian geometry
- Constant curvature
- Complex geometry
- Global analysis