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By Liviu Nicolaescu

This self-contained therapy of Morse thought specializes in functions and is meant for a graduate direction on differential or algebraic topology. The e-book is split into 3 conceptually designated elements. the 1st half comprises the rules of Morse concept. the second one half contains purposes of Morse thought over the reals, whereas the final half describes the fundamentals and a few purposes of advanced Morse conception, a.k.a. Picard-Lefschetz theory.

This is the 1st textbook to incorporate issues similar to Morse-Smale flows, Floer homology, min-max conception, second maps and equivariant cohomology, and intricate Morse idea. The exposition is superior with examples, difficulties, and illustrations, and may be of curiosity to graduate scholars in addition to researchers. The reader is anticipated to have a few familiarity with cohomology conception and with the differential and vital calculus on soft manifolds.

Some good points of the second one version contain further functions, comparable to Morse concept and the curvature of knots, the cohomology of the moduli area of planar polygons, and the Duistermaat-Heckman formulation. the second one variation additionally features a new bankruptcy on Morse-Smale flows and Whitney stratifications, many new workouts, and diverse corrections from the 1st variation.

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