By Stephen Huggett BSc (Hons), MSc, DPhil, David Jordan BSc (Hons) (auth.)

This is a ebook of uncomplicated geometric topology, within which geometry, often illustrated, courses calculation. The publication begins with a wealth of examples, frequently sophisticated, of ways to be mathematically convinced even if gadgets are a similar from the viewpoint of topology.

After introducing surfaces, akin to the Klein bottle, the booklet explores the homes of polyhedra drawn on those surfaces. Even within the least difficult case, of round polyhedra, there are strong inquiries to be requested. extra subtle instruments are built in a bankruptcy on winding quantity, and an appendix offers a glimpse of knot idea.

There are many examples and routines making this an invaluable textbook for a primary undergraduate path in topology. for far of the ebook the necessities are moderate, notwithstanding, so somebody with interest and tenacity could be in a position to benefit from the booklet. in addition to arousing interest, the e-book offers an organization geometrical origin for additional learn."A Topological Aperitif offers a marvellous creation to the topic, with many various tastes of ideas."

Professor Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS, Mathematical Institute, Oxford, united kingdom

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In the definition below we use the word "neighbourhood", whose precise definition is given in Appendix A. 2 Let S be a Euclidean set and let X be a subset of S. The closure of X consists of those points s of S with the property that every neighbourhood of s meets X, that is, every neighbourhood of s contains a point of X. We denote the closure of X by X. Of course, for any subset X of S, it follows that X contains X because, given any x in X, every neighbourhood of x meets X at x . Some examples of closure now follow.

The next theorem gives the justification for saying that Sand T are therefore not homeomorphic. 25 2. 7 Homeomorphic sets have homeomorphic sets of each type of cut-point. Proof For any set X denote the set of n-points of X by X n . Suppose that Sand T are homeomorphic. We show that, for each n, Sn and Tn are homeomorphic. Let f be a homeomorphism from S to T. 6 we know that f sends points in Sn to points in Tn and points not in Sn to points not in Tn. Hence the image of Sn under the homeomorphism f is Tn, and it follows that Sn and Tn are homeomorphic.

9 o Each point of the open interval]O, 1[ is a 2-point. The end points of [0,1] are I-points, all other points being 2-points. The half-open interval [0, 1[ has one I-point, all other points being 2-points. 7 has one 3-point, all other points being 2-points. The circle consists of not-cut-points. 4 is path-connected, has infinitely many not-cut-points, but just one n-point for each n ~ 2. 9 to provide proof that no two of the five sets are homeomorphic, we appeal to the next theorem. 6 Homeomorphic sets have the same number of cut-points of each type.