An Illustrated Introduction to Topology and Homotopy by Sasho Kalajdzievski

By Sasho Kalajdzievski

An Illustrated advent to Topology and Homotopy explores the great thing about topology and homotopy idea in a right away and interesting demeanour whereas illustrating the ability of the speculation via many, frequently astounding, functions. This self-contained booklet takes a visible and rigorous procedure that includes either vast illustrations and entire proofs.

The first a part of the textual content covers simple topology, starting from metric areas and the axioms of topology via subspaces, product areas, connectedness, compactness, and separation axioms to Urysohn’s lemma, Tietze’s theorems, and Stone-Čech compactification. targeting homotopy, the second one half starts off with the notions of ambient isotopy, homotopy, and the basic team. The booklet then covers uncomplicated combinatorial staff concept, the Seifert-van Kampen theorem, knots, and low-dimensional manifolds. The final 3 chapters speak about the idea of protecting areas, the Borsuk-Ulam theorem, and purposes in staff thought, together with a variety of subgroup theorems.

Requiring just some familiarity with staff concept, the textual content contains a huge variety of figures in addition to a number of examples that convey how the idea may be utilized. every one part begins with short ancient notes that hint the expansion of the topic and ends with a collection of workouts.

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It is obvious (by temporarily fixing one of x1 , x 2) that uniform continuity implies continuity at every given point; thus uniform continuity implies continuity. A standard counterexample showing that the converse fails is the function f ( x ) = x1 from the interval (0,1) (considered as a metric subspace of ») into ». The conditions under which continuity implies uniform continuity will be studied later. Continuous mappings do not always carry a Cauchy sequence into a Cauchy sequence (Exercise 7).

Similarly, d(a, b) ≤ d(a, xi ) + d( xi , yi ) + d( yi , b) ≤ d( xi , yi ) + ε, for all i > N . It follows that, for all i > N , d(a, b) − ε ≤ d( xi , yi ) ≤ d(a, b) + ε. All this tells us that the sequence (d( xi , yi )) converges to the number d(a,b). indd 27 2/6/15 5:10 PM 28 ◾ Metric Spaces: Definition, Examples, and Basics It follows from Proposition 3 that d, considered as a mapping X 2 → », where X 2 is ☐ equi­pped with the product metric d p , is always continuous. We now strengthen the definition of continuity.

We leave the justification as an exercise (Exercise 19). A dilation with 0 < α < 1 is called a contraction by a fixed factor α. If there is α ∈(0, 1) such that d2 ( f ( x1 ), f ( x 2 )) ≤ αd1 ( x1 , x 2 ) for every x1 , x 2 ∈ X1 , then we say that f is a contraction. It is very easy to see that contractions must be continuous. A mapping f : X → X has a fixed point if there is an element x ∈ X such that f ( x ) = x . Theorem 6 (Banach fixed point theorem). Let X be a complete metric space. Every contraction X → X has a unique fixed point.

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