The Hauptvermutung Book: A Collection of Papers on the Topology of Manifolds
by A.A. Ranicki, et al,
Publisher: Springer 1996
Number of pages: 194
The Hauptvermutung is the conjecture that any two triangulations of a polyhedron are combinatorially equivalent. This conjecture was formulated at the turn of the century, and until its resolution was a central problem of topology. Initially, it was verified for low-dimensional polyhedra, and it might have been expected that further development of high-dimensional topology would lead to a verification in all dimensions.
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by A. A. Ranicki - Cambridge University Press
Assuming no previous acquaintance with surgery theory and justifying all the algebraic concepts used by their relevance to topology, Dr Ranicki explains the applications of quadratic forms to the classification of topological manifolds.
by William P Thurston - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
The text describes the connection between geometry and lowdimensional topology, it is useful to graduate students and mathematicians working in related fields, particularly 3-manifolds and Kleinian groups. Much of the material or technique is new.
by John R. Stallings - Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
These notes contain: The elementary theory of finite polyhedra in real vector spaces; A theory of 'general position' (approximation of maps), based on 'non-degeneracy'. A theory of 'regular neighbourhoods' in arbitrary polyhedra; etc.
by Andrew Ranicki - Cambridge University Press
This is the first treatment of the applications of the lower K- and L-groups to the topology of manifolds such as Euclidean spaces, via Whitehead torsion and the Wall finiteness and surgery obstructions. Only elementary constructions are used.