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History of Topology

  • 1st Edition - August 24, 1999
  • Editor: I.M. James
  • Language: English
  • Hardback ISBN:
    9 7 8 - 0 - 4 4 4 - 8 2 3 7 5 - 5
  • eBook ISBN:
    9 7 8 - 0 - 0 8 - 0 5 3 4 0 7 - 7

Topology, for many years, has been one of the most exciting and influential fields of research in modern mathematics. Although its origins may be traced back several hundred… Read more

History of Topology

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Topology, for many years, has been one of the most exciting and influential fields of research in modern mathematics. Although its origins may be traced back several hundred years, it was Poincaré who "gave topology wings" in a classic series of articles published around the turn of the century. While the earlier history, sometimes called the prehistory, is also considered, this volume is mainly concerned with the more recent history of topology, from Poincaré onwards.

As will be seen from the list of contents the articles cover a wide range of topics. Some are more technical than others, but the reader without a great deal of technical knowledge should still find most of the articles accessible. Some are written by professional historians of mathematics, others by historically-minded mathematicians, who tend to have a different viewpoint.