Combinatorial Algebraic Topology [electronic resource] / by Dmitry Kozlov.

By: Kozlov, Dmitry [author.]
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Material type: TextTextSeries: Algorithms and Computation in Mathematics: 21Publisher: Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2008Description: XX, 390 p. 115 illus. online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9783540719625Subject(s): Mathematics | Algebraic topology | Combinatorics | Mathematics | Algebraic Topology | CombinatoricsAdditional physical formats: Printed edition:: No titleDDC classification: 514.2 LOC classification: QA612-612.8Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Concepts of Algebraic Topology -- Overture -- Cell Complexes -- Homology Groups -- Concepts of Category Theory -- Exact Sequences -- Homotopy -- Cofibrations -- Principal ?-Bundles and Stiefel—Whitney Characteristic Classes -- Methods of Combinatorial Algebraic Topology -- Combinatorial Complexes Melange -- Acyclic Categories -- Discrete Morse Theory -- Lexicographic Shellability -- Evasiveness and Closure Operators -- Colimits and Quotients -- Homotopy Colimits -- Spectral Sequences -- Complexes of Graph Homomorphisms -- Chromatic Numbers and the Kneser Conjecture -- Structural Theory of Morphism Complexes -- Using Characteristic Classes to Design Tests for Chromatic Numbers of Graphs -- Applications of Spectral Sequences to Hom Complexes.
In: Springer eBooksSummary: Combinatorial algebraic topology is a fascinating and dynamic field at the crossroads of algebraic topology and discrete mathematics. This volume is the first comprehensive treatment of the subject in book form. The first part of the book constitutes a swift walk through the main tools of algebraic topology, including Stiefel-Whitney characteristic classes, which are needed for the later parts. Readers - graduate students and working mathematicians alike - will probably find particularly useful the second part, which contains an in-depth discussion of the major research techniques of combinatorial algebraic topology. Our presentation of standard topics is quite different from that of existing texts. In addition, several new themes, such as spectral sequences, are included. Although applications are sprinkled throughout the second part, they are principal focus of the third part, which is entirely devoted to developing the topological structure theory for graph homomorphisms. The main benefit for the reader will be the prospect of fairly quickly getting to the forefront of modern research in this active field.
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Concepts of Algebraic Topology -- Overture -- Cell Complexes -- Homology Groups -- Concepts of Category Theory -- Exact Sequences -- Homotopy -- Cofibrations -- Principal ?-Bundles and Stiefel—Whitney Characteristic Classes -- Methods of Combinatorial Algebraic Topology -- Combinatorial Complexes Melange -- Acyclic Categories -- Discrete Morse Theory -- Lexicographic Shellability -- Evasiveness and Closure Operators -- Colimits and Quotients -- Homotopy Colimits -- Spectral Sequences -- Complexes of Graph Homomorphisms -- Chromatic Numbers and the Kneser Conjecture -- Structural Theory of Morphism Complexes -- Using Characteristic Classes to Design Tests for Chromatic Numbers of Graphs -- Applications of Spectral Sequences to Hom Complexes.

Combinatorial algebraic topology is a fascinating and dynamic field at the crossroads of algebraic topology and discrete mathematics. This volume is the first comprehensive treatment of the subject in book form. The first part of the book constitutes a swift walk through the main tools of algebraic topology, including Stiefel-Whitney characteristic classes, which are needed for the later parts. Readers - graduate students and working mathematicians alike - will probably find particularly useful the second part, which contains an in-depth discussion of the major research techniques of combinatorial algebraic topology. Our presentation of standard topics is quite different from that of existing texts. In addition, several new themes, such as spectral sequences, are included. Although applications are sprinkled throughout the second part, they are principal focus of the third part, which is entirely devoted to developing the topological structure theory for graph homomorphisms. The main benefit for the reader will be the prospect of fairly quickly getting to the forefront of modern research in this active field.

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