4-manifolds and Kirby Calculus

Author: Robert E. Gompf,András Stipsicz

Publisher: American Mathematical Soc.

ISBN: 0821809946

Category: Mathematics

Page: 558

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Since the early 1980s, there has been an explosive growth in 4-manifold theory, particularly due to the influx of interest and ideas from gauge theory and algebraic geometry. This book offers an exposition of the subject from the topological point of view. It bridges the gap to other disciplines and presents classical but important topological techniques that have not previously appeared in the literature. Part I of the text presents the basics of the theory at the second-year graduate level and offers an overview of current research. Part II is devoted to an exposition of Kirby calculus, or handlebody theory on 4-manifolds. It is both elementary and comprehensive. Part III offers in-depth treatments of a broad range of topics from current 4-manifold research. Topics include branched coverings and the geography of complex surfaces, elliptic and Lefschetz fibrations, $h$-cobordisms, symplectic 4-manifolds, and Stein surfaces. The authors present many important applications. The text is supplemented with over 300 illustrations and numerous exercises, with solutions given in the book. I greatly recommend this wonderful book to any researcher in 4-manifold topology for the novel ideas, techniques, constructions, and computations on the topic, presented in a very fascinating way. I think really that every student, mathematician, and researcher interested in 4-manifold topology, should own a copy of this beautiful book. --Zentralblatt MATH This book gives an excellent introduction into the theory of 4-manifolds and can be strongly recommended to beginners in this field ... carefully and clearly written; the authors have evidently paid great attention to the presentation of the material ... contains many really pretty and interesting examples and a great number of exercises; the final chapter is then devoted to solutions of some of these ... this type of presentation makes the subject more attractive and its study easier. --European Mathematical Society Newsletter

Perspectives in Analysis, Geometry, and Topology

On the Occasion of the 60th Birthday of Oleg Viro

Author: Ilia Itenberg,Burglind Jöricke,Mikael Passare

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0817682775

Category: Mathematics

Page: 464

View: 7505

The articles in this volume are invited papers from the Marcus Wallenberg symposium and focus on research topics that bridge the gap between analysis, geometry, and topology. The encounters between these three fields are widespread and often provide impetus for major breakthroughs in applications. Topics include new developments in low dimensional topology related to invariants of links and three and four manifolds; Perelman's spectacular proof of the Poincare conjecture; and the recent advances made in algebraic, complex, symplectic, and tropical geometry.


Author: Selman Akbulut

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198784864


Page: 280

View: 3103

This book presents the topology of smooth 4-manifolds in an intuitive self-contained way, developed over a number of years by Professor Akbulut. The text is aimed at graduate students and focuses on the teaching and learning of the subject, giving a direct approach to constructions and theorems which are supplemented by exercises to help the reader work through the details not covered in the proofs. The book contains a hundred colour illustrations to demonstrate the ideas rather than providing long-winded and potentially unclear explanations. Key results have been selected that relate to the material discussed and the author has provided examples of how to analyse them with the techniques developed in earlier chapters.

Symplectic 4-Manifolds and Algebraic Surfaces

Lectures given at the C.I.M.E. Summer School held in Cetraro, Italy, September 2-10, 2003

Author: Denis Auroux,Marco Manetti,Paul Seidel,Bernd Siebert,Ivan Smith

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3540782796

Category: Mathematics

Page: 354

View: 2954

Modern approaches to the study of symplectic 4-manifolds and algebraic surfaces combine a wide range of techniques and sources of inspiration. Gauge theory, symplectic geometry, pseudoholomorphic curves, singularity theory, moduli spaces, braid groups, monodromy, in addition to classical topology and algebraic geometry, combine to make this one of the most vibrant and active areas of research in mathematics. It is our hope that the five lectures of the present volume given at the C.I.M.E. Summer School held in Cetraro, Italy, September 2-10, 2003 will be useful to people working in related areas of mathematics and will become standard references on these topics. The volume is a coherent exposition of an active field of current research focusing on the introduction of new methods for the study of moduli spaces of complex structures on algebraic surfaces, and for the investigation of symplectic topology in dimension 4 and higher.

Deformations of Surface Singularities

Author: Andras Némethi,Agnes Szilárd

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3642391311

Category: Mathematics

Page: 280

View: 1380

The present publication contains a special collection of research and review articles on deformations of surface singularities, that put together serve as an introductory survey of results and methods of the theory, as well as open problems and examples. The aim is to collect material that will help mathematicians already working or wishing to work in this area to deepen their insight and eliminate the technical barriers in this learning process. Additionally, we introduce some material which emphasizes the newly found relationship with the theory of Stein fillings and symplectic geometry. This links two main theories of mathematics: low dimensional topology and algebraic geometry.​ The theory of normal surface singularities is a distinguished part of analytic or algebraic geometry with several important results, its own technical machinery, and several open problems. Recently several connections were established with low dimensional topology, symplectic geometry and theory of Stein fillings. This created an intense mathematical activity with spectacular bridges between the two areas. The theory of deformation of singularities is the key object in these connections.

Geometry and Physics

XVI International Fall Workshop

Author: Rui Loja Fernandes,Roger Picken

Publisher: American Inst. of Physics

ISBN: 9780735405462

Category: Science

Page: 228

View: 4684

All papers have been peer-reviewed. The XVI International Fall Workshop on Geometry and Physics brought together geometers and physicists from within and outside the Iberian peninsula, to exchange ideas on how to describe and understand a variety of phenomena in areas such as mechanics or gravity.

Geometry & Topology

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Geometry

Page: N.A

View: 1421

Fully refereed international journal dealing with all aspects of geometry and topology and their applications.

Proceedings of the KirbyFest

papers dedicated to Rob Kirby on the occasion of his 60th birthday, 25 February 1998

Author: Joel Hass,Martin Scharlemann

Publisher: N.A


Category: Mathematics

Page: 575

View: 5342


Dirac-Operatoren in der Riemannschen Geometrie

Mit einem Ausblick auf die Seiberg-Witten-Theorie

Author: Thomas Friedrich

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3322803023

Category: Mathematics

Page: 207

View: 9983

Dieses Buch entstand nach einer einsemestrigen Vorlesung an der Humboldt-Universität Berlin im Studienjahr 1996/ 97 und ist eine Einführung in die Theorie der Spinoren und Dirac-Operatoren über Riemannschen Mannigfaltigkeiten. Vom Leser werden nur die grundlegenden Kenntnisse der Algebra und Geometrie im Umfang von zwei bis drei Jahren eines Mathematik- oder Physikstudiums erwartet. Ein Anhang gibt eine Einführung in das aktuelle Gebiet der Seiberg-Witten-Theorie.


Algebraische Zahlen und Funktionen

Author: Helmut Koch

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3322803120

Category: Mathematics

Page: 344

View: 7175

Hauptziel des Buches ist die Vermittlung des Grundbestandes der Algebraischen Zahlentheorie einschließlich der Theorie der normalen Erweiterungen bis hin zu einem Ausblick auf die Klassenkörpertheorie. Gleichberechtigt mit algebraischen Zahlen werden auch algebraische Funktionen behandelt. Dies geschieht einerseits um die Analogie zwischen Zahl- und Funktionenkörpern aufzuzeigen, die besonders deutlich im Falle eines endlichen Konstantenkörpers ist. Andererseits erhält man auf diese Weise eine Einführung in die Theorie der "höheren Kongruenzen" als eines wesentlichen Bestandteils der "Arithmetischen Geometrie". Obgleich das Buch hauptsächlich algebraischen Methoden gewidmet ist, findet man in der Einleitung auch einen kurzen Beweis des Primzahlsatzes nach Newman. In den Kapiteln 7 und 8 wird die Theorie der Heckeschen L-Reihen behandelt einschließlich der Verteilung der Primideale algebraischer Zahlkörper in Kegeln.

Lectures on the Topology of 3-Manifolds

An Introduction to the Casson Invariant

Author: Nikolai Saveliev

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110250365

Category: Mathematics

Page: 218

View: 7459

This textbook – now in its second revised and extended edition – introduces the topology of 3- and 4-dimensional manifolds. It also considers new developments especially related to the Heegaard Floer and contact homology. The book is accessible to graduate students in mathematics and theoretical physics familiar with some elementary algebraic topology, including the fundamental group, basic homology theory, and Poincaré duality on manifolds.