An introductory textbook suitable for use in a course or for self-study, featuring broad coverage of the subject and a readable exposition, with many examples and exercises.
Hatcher (mathematics, Cornell U.) presents an introduction to algebraic topology that retains the classical feel of the field from three or four decades ago, but clarifies some of the most important results and techniques that have arisen in the intervening years. The emphasis leans towards the geometric, rather than algebraic, aspects of the subject. After presenting some of the basic geometric concepts and constructions of the subject, Hatcher separates his treatment into the two broad topics of homology and homotopy. He assumes the reader has familiarity with the content of standard courses in algebra and point-set topology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)