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Algebraic Topology: A First Course (Graduate Texts in Mathematics)

Algebraic Topology: A First Course (Graduate Texts in Mathematics)
Author: William Fulton
ISBN 13: 9780387943275
ISBN 10: 387943277
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Springer
Publication Date: 1997-09-05
Format: Paperback
Pages: 430
List Price: $49.95

This book introduces the important ideas of algebraic topology by emphasizing the relation of these ideas with other areas of mathematics. Rather than choosing one point of view of modern topology (homotropy theory, axiomatic homology, or differential topology, say) the author concentrates on concrete problems in spaces with a few dimensions, introducing only as much algebraic machinery as necessary for the problems encountered. This makes it possible to see a wider variety of important features in the subject than is common in introductory texts; it is also in harmony with the historical development of the subject. The book is aimed at students who do not necessarily intend on specializing in algebraic topology.