Foliations and the Geometry of 3-manifolds
by Danny Calegari
Publisher: Oxford University Press 2007
Number of pages: 371
The purpose of this book is to give an exposition of the "pseudo-Anosov" theory of foliations of 3-manifolds. This theory generalizes Thurston's theory of surface automorphisms, and reveals an intimate connection between dynamics, geometry and topology in 3 dimensions.
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