- Series: Classics in Mathematics
- Paperback: 526 pages
- Publisher: Springer; Reprint of the 1st ed. Berlin Heidelberg New York 1975 edition (February 26, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3540427503
- ISBN-13: 978-3540427506
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Algebraic Topology Reprint of the 1st ed. Berlin Heidelberg New York 1975 Edition
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"This book contains much impressive mathematics, namely the achievements by algebraic topologists in obtaining extensive information on the stable homotopy groups of spheres, and the computation of various cobordism groups. It is a long book, and for the major part a very advanced book. ... (It is) suitable for specialists, or for those who already know what algebraic topology is for, and want a guide to the principal methods of stable homotopy theory."
R. Brown in Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society, 1980
"In the more than twenty five years since its first appearance, the book has met with favorable response, both in its use as a text and as reference. It is a good course which leads the reader systematically to the point at which he can begin to tackle problems in algebraic topology. … This book remains one of the best sources for the material which every young algebraic topologist should know." (Corina Mohorianu, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1003 (3), 2003)
About the Author
Biography of Robert M. Switzer
Robert M. Switzer was born in Tennessee (USA) in 1940.
After majoring in mathematics at Harvard College, he completed his PhD at Stanford University in 1965. He spent 5 years as lecturer at the University of Manchester, England, and then moved to Goettingen, Germany, where he has been Professor of Mathematics since 1973. In the early 1980s his research concentrated on obstruction theory in connection with holomorphic bundles on projective spaces.
In 1984 he switched his attention to Computer Science and has been teaching and working in that field ever since.
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So it turns out that supplemental reading (exluding Whitehead's massive treatise) is necessary to achieve a better understanding of algebraic topology at the level of this book. The homotopical view therein will be matched (possibly superseded) by Aguilar's book (forthcoming, to which I am very much looking forward).