Introduction and Foundations

  • John Stillwell
Part of the Graduate Texts in Mathematics book series (GTM, volume 72)

Abstract

Topology is the branch of geometry which studies the properties of figures under arbitrary continuous transformations. Just as ordinary geometry considers two figures to be the same if each can be carried into the other by a rigid motion, topology considers two figures to be the same if each can be mapped onto the other by a one-to-one continuous function. Such figures are called topologically equivalent, or homeomorphic, and the problem of deciding whether two figures are homeomorphic is called the homeomorphism problem.

Keywords

Manifold Europe Rubber Hull Topo 

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Stillwell
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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