This marvelous book of pictures illustrates the fundamental concepts of geometric topology in a way that is very friendly to the reader. The first chapter discusses the meaning of surface and space and gives the classification of orientable surfaces. In the second chapter we are introduced to the MApbius band and surfaces that can be constructed from this non-orientable piece of fabric. In chapter 3, we see how curves can fit in surfaces and how surfaces can fit into spaces with these curves on their boundary. Basic applications to knot theory are discussed and four-dimensional space is introduced. In Chapter 4 we learn about some 3-dimensional spaces and surfaces that sit inside them. These surfaces help us imagine the structures of the larger space. Chapter 5 is completely new! It contains recent results of Cromwell, Izumiya and Marar. One of these results is a formula relating the rank of a surface to the number of triple points. The other major result is a collection of examples of surfaces in 3-space that have one triple point and 6 branch points. These are beautiful generalizations of the Steiner Roman surface. Chapter 6 reviews the movie technique for examining surfaces in 4-dimensional space. Various movies of the Klein bottle are presented, and the Carter-Saito movie move theorem is explained. The author shows us how to turn the 2-sphere inside out by means of these movie moves and this illustration alone is well worth the price of the book! In the last chapter higher dimensional spaces are examined from an elementary point of view. This is a guide book to a wide variety of topics. It will be of value to anyone who wants to understand the subject by way of examples. Undergraduates, beginning graduate students, and non-professionals will profit from reading the book and from just looking at the pictures. Contents:Front MatterSurface and SpaceNon-orientable SurfacesCurves and KnotsOther Three Dimensional SpacesRelationshipsSurfaces in 4-DimensionsHigher Dimensional SpacesBack Matter Readership: Undergraduates, graduates and mathematicians. keywords:Moving Surfaces;Surfaces;Triple Point;Branch Points aIn this excellent book the author teaches us to see a bit more than it meets our eyes. Without hurry he introduces us to the world of topological images. Step by step the reader learns the beauty of topological vision. Surfaces and their intersections, curves and knots, three-dimensional manifolds, surfaces in dimension 4 etc., all these material are presented in an informal easy way, making the exposition available to undergraduate students. As to the pictures, they are really delightful. I especially enjoyed the movies of surfaces and movie moves. On the whole the book is a successful attempt of an introduction to topology focusing on its spirit and skipping its technical side.a Vladimir Turaev Directeur de Recherche au CNRS aThis book is a definite enrichment to the literature in low-dimensional topology.a Mathematics AbstractsThe twisted annulus is a model a- albeit an overly simplistic model a of closed circular DNA. Inside all of ... MApbius Bands with Holes Suppose that for your paper model you used the left, rather than the right, margin of your notebook paper.

Title | : | How Surfaces Intersect in Space |

Author | : | J Scott Carter |

Publisher | : | World Scientific - 1995-05-11 |

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