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Monthly Archives: July 2013
Characteristic Classes
The next section of the book, available here, gives a very quick introduction to what the Pontrjagin classes are. This is really just a refresher – I am sure it is too terse for someone who has never seen characteristic … Continue reading
Manifold Sins and Wickedness
In the previous post I mentioned the two categories of manifolds with which we’re going to be mostly concerned: smooth manifolds, equipped with an atlas whose transition maps are \(C^\infty\), and topological manifolds (locally Euclidean spaces). Smooth manifolds are, of … Continue reading
What Surgery Is About: Manifolds
Now I’ll begin to post material from the book proper. Here is the first section of Chapter I. I’m going to try to post stuff in bitesize pieces like this, rather than a whole chapter at a time. Of course, … Continue reading
Bonn Summer School on Topology of High Dimensional Manifolds
Wolfgang Luck, Diarmuid Crowley and Tibor Macko are organizing a summer school in Bonn on The Topology of HighDimensional Manifolds. It takes place August 2630. Below I reproduce some of the prerequisite and reference material from the event’s web site. … Continue reading