A Mathematical Gift: v. 1 - The Interplay Between Topology, Functions, Geometry, and Algebra (Mathematical World v. 19)
By: Koji Shiga (author), Shigeyuki Morita (author), Kenji Ueno (author)Paperback
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This book will bring the beauty and fun of mathematics to the classroom. It offers serious mathematics in a lively, reader-friendly style. Included are exercises and many figures illustrating the main concepts. The first chapter presents the geometry and topology of surfaces. Among other topics, the authors discuss the Poincare-Hopf theorem on critical points of vector fields on surfaces and the Gauss-Bonnet theorem on the relation between curvature and topology (the Euler characteristic).The second chapter addresses various aspects of the concept of dimension, including the Peano curve and the Poincare approach. Also addressed is the structure of three-dimensional manifolds. In particular, it is proved that the three-dimensional sphere is the union of two doughnuts. This is the first of three volumes originating from a series of lectures given by the authors at Kyoto University (Japan). It is suitable for classroom use for high school mathematics teachers and undergraduate mathematics courses in the sciences and liberal arts. The second volume is available as Volume 20 in the AMS series, ""Mathematical World"". A third volume is forthcoming.
Invitation to topology (Viewing figures globally): Introduction The Euler characteristic Vortices created by winds and the Euler characteristic Curvature of a surface and the Euler characteristic The story of dimension: Introduction Learning to appreciate dimension What is dimension? Three-dimensional figures Physics and dimension.
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