The purpose of this book is to introduce algebraic topology using the novel approach of homotopy theory, an approach with clear applications in algebraic geometry as understood by Lawson and Voevodsky. This method allows the authors to cover the material more efficiently than the more common method using homological algebra. The basic concepts of homotopy theory, such as fibrations and cofibrations, are used to construct singular homology and cohomology, as well as K-theory. Throughout the text many other fundamental concepts are introduced, including the construction of the characteristic classes of vector bundles. Although functors appear constantly throughout the text, no knowledge about category theory is expected from the reader. This book is intended for advanced undergraduates and graduate students with a basic knowledge of point set topology as well as group theory and can be used in a two semester course. Marcelo Aguilar and Carlos Prieto are Professors at the Instituto de Matemticas, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, and Samuel Gitler is a member of El Colegio Nacional and professor at the Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Avanzados del IPN.
The volume is introduced with a schedule of the conference sessions held in May 1998 in Moscow, and a vita of Kurosh (1908-1971), a forefather of modern algebra affiliated with Moscow State U. The names of the six sessions offer a sense of the diversity of participant interests: group theory; theory of rings and modules, homological algebra, and K-theory; Lie groups and Lie algebras, invariant theory, and algebraic groups; algebraic geometry, algebraic number theory, commutative algebra; algebraic systems; and computer algebra, and algorithmic problems. A sampling of the 32 titles by the international contributors includes: Strictly stratified algebras; Randomness: algebraic, statistical and complexity theory aspects; Codimension growth and graded identities; Birational correspondences of a double cone; Modular Lie algebras: new trends; and Some notes on universal algebraic geometry. Lacks an index.
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