By Nikolai Saveliev

Development in low-dimensional topology has been very quickly over the past 20 years, resulting in the strategies of many tough difficulties. one of many effects of this "acceleration of background" is that many effects have purely seemed in specialist journals and monographs. those are not often obtainable to scholars who've accomplished just a easy direction in algebraic topology, or perhaps to a few researchers whose rapid distinctiveness isn't topology. one of the highlights of this era are Casson’s effects at the Rohlin invariant of homotopy 3-spheres, in addition to his l-invariant. The goal of this ebook is to supply a much-needed bridge to those smooth themes. The booklet covers a few classical subject matters, akin to Heegaard splittings, Dehn surgical procedure, and invariants of knots and hyperlinks. It proceeds during the Kirby calculus and Rohlin’s theorem to Casson’s invariant and its functions, and offers a quick cartoon of hyperlinks with the most recent advancements in low-dimensional topology and gauge conception. The e-book should be obtainable to graduate scholars in arithmetic and theoretical physics accustomed to a few straightforward algebraic topology, together with the basic staff, uncomplicated homology idea, and Poncar? duality on manifolds.

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