Manifolds are abound in mathematics and physics, and increasingly in cybernetics and visualization where they often reflect properties of complex systems and their configurations. Differential topology gives us the tools to study these spaces and extract information about the underlying systems. This book offers a concise and modern introduction to the core topics of differential topology for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students. It covers the basics on smooth manifolds and their tangent spaces before moving on to regular values and transversality, smooth flows and differential equations on manifolds, and the theory of vector bundles and locally trivial fibrations. The final chapter gives examples of local-to-global properties, a short introduction to Morse theory and a proof of Ehresmann's fibration theorem. The treatment is hands-on, including many concrete examples and exercises woven into the text, with hints provided to guide the student.
Bjorn Ian Dundas (Universitetet i Bergen Norway)
Cambridge University Press
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Series: Cambridge Mathematical Textbooks
28 June 2018
Professional and scholarly
1. Introduction; 2. Smooth manifolds; 3. The tangent space; 4. Regular values; 5. Vector bundles; 6. Constructions on vector bundles; 7. Integrability; 8. Local phenomena that go global; Appendix A. Point set topology; Appendix B. Hints or solutions to exercises; References; Index.
Bjorn Ian Dundas is Professor in the Mathematics Department at the Universitetet i Bergen, Norway. Besides his research and teaching, he is the author of three books.
Reviews for A Short Course in Differential Topology
Advance praise: 'Learning some topics in mathematics is a bit like climbing a mountain - it is best done with a guide. In this short course, Dundas is just that guide - revealing the best routes, giving the reader first-hand experience through lots of well-chosen exercises, providing relevant and motivating examples, and finally, making it all fun.' John McCleary, Vassar College, New York