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This introduction to topology provides separate, in-depth coverage of both general topology and algebraic topology. Includes many examples and figures. GENERAL TOPOLOGY. Set Theory and Logic. Topological Spaces and Continuous Functions. Connectedness and Compactness. Countability and Separation Axioms. The Tychonoff Theorem. Metrization Theorems and paracompactness. Complete Metric Spaces and Function Spaces. Baire Spaces and Dimension Theory. ALGEBRAIC TOPOLOGY. The Fundamental Group. Separation Theorems. The Seifert-van Kampen Theorem. Classification of Surfaces. Classification of Covering Spaces. Applications to Group Theory. For anyone needing a basic, thorough, introduction to general and algebraic topology and its applications.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 537 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 2 edition (January 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131816292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131816299
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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131 of 135 people found the following review helpful By Stan Vernooy on July 2, 2000
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When I was in a topology course in graduate school, I constantly returned to the Munkres book to get clearer explanations of concepts than any of the graduate-level books could provide. What is noteworthy is that the ease of understanding did NOT come at the price of shallower coverage or lack of mathematical rigor. Although this is an undergraduate text, it covers almost everything you would get in a first-year graduate course in point set topology. If you want to learn that material for the first time without an instructor, then this is the book to use. And, if you are working in another area of mathematics, and come across words like "compact", "metric space", or "connected", and have forgotten what they mean, go straight to Munkres. He always talks to you like a real human being.
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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful By David Elder on June 30, 2003
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This is a fantastic book, the type of perfection to which all writers of mathematical texts should aspire. There are plenty of definitions, theorems, and proofs, as well as informative examples and prose exposition. The expository text is what makes this book really stand out. Munkres explains the concepts expressed abstractly in theorems and definitions. That is, he builds motivations for the necessarily abstract concepts in topology. This greatly improves the readability of the book, making it accessibly to general readers in mathematics, science, and engineering.
The book is divided into two sections, the first covering general, i.e. point-set, topology and the second covering algebraic topology. Exercises (without solutions) are provided throughout. The exercises include straight-forward applications of theorems and definitions, proofs, counter-examples, and more challenging problems.
My only complaint with this book is that it does not discuss manifolds and differentiable topology, but other texts fill this gap.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in studying topology; it is especially well-suited for self study.
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91 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Mark Arjomandi on January 4, 2005
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I used to own the first (1975) edition of this title since the late 1990s, but eventually purchased the new edition as well, and donated the old book to our campus library. Despite having very close similarity to the text by Stephen Willard (1970, Dover issue 2004) which points to the fact that both authors must have used the same source articles, Munkres's book stands out as one of the best rigorous introductions for a beginning graduate student. It covers all the standard material for a first course in general topology starting with a full chapter on set theory, and now in the second edition includes a rather extensive treatment of elementary algebraic topology. The style of writing is student-friendly, the topics are nicely motivated, (counter-)examples are given where they were needed, many diagrams provided, the chapter exercises relevant with the correct degree of difficulty, and there are virtually no typos. The 2nd edition fine-tunes the exposition throughout, including a better paragraph formatting of the material and also greatly expands on the treatment of algebraic topology, making up for 14 total chapters as opposed to eight in the first edition. I particularly found useful the discussion of the separation axioms and metrization theorems in the first part, and the classification of surfaces and covering spaces in the second part.

In my opinion, after going through the discussion of algebraic topology in Munkres, the students should be ready to move forward to a (now standard) text such as Hatcher, for further coverage of homotopy, homology and cohomology theories of spaces.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 2004
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My introduction to Munkres was in an independent study of point set topology in my final semester of undergraduate work. A professor assigned me problems from the book, but my learning was largely self motivated. I found that it was an excellent book for independent study. The text was clear and readable and the exercises helped to cement the concepts that are introduced in the reading.
Later at graduate school, Munkres was also used in a topology class at the beginning graduate level. Highlights were taken from the first section (point set topology), and a large focus of the class was on the algebraic topology in the second section of the book. Sometimes I had difficulty following exactly what the professor was doing at the blackboard, but I could always understand what was going on when I consulted Munkres.
I would stress that this is only to be used as an introduction to algebraic topology, as there is nearly no development of homology groups and other algebraic concepts. However, it gives a very good presentation for the fundamental group. As a whole it would be a very good addition to your mathematical library.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hank on December 11, 2006
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I bought this book for my first course in point-set topology. I must say I was quite confused when I began the actual topology portion of the book (chapter 2), but this was due to the difficulty of topology, in general, and not the book itself. Looking back at the introduction to a topology, I can now see it was very good, as was the introduction to the various types of topologies. The rest of the book is almost a reference to the basics of topology with some plan of cohesion behind it. Unfortunately, this lack of a completely cohesive approach is unavoidable, since a course in point-set topology ought to provide a stepping stone one can use for further study in topology and not a mountain one can climb and conquer and thus know the subject completely. This requires that a cursory explanation of many ideas be presented.

Nevertheless, Munkres' book is quite readable and yet still rigorous. His exercises are very instructive in reinforcing the many ideas and provide a wide variety in problem difficulties for a motivated undergraduate in math.

If you are searching for a book that provides a friendly step-by-step aproach to learning point-set topology, I would not recommend this book for it would be too difficult. If you are searching for an introduction to point-set topology that will give you a solid grounding in the basics of point-set topology, but at the same time will give it to you in an easily approached manner, than this book is for you. It is my belief that this book is about as close a math textbook can come to being a "read in front of the fire" sort of book.
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