Item description for Scissors Congruences, Group Homology and Characteristic Classes (Nankai Tracts in Mathematics, V. 1.) by Johan L. Dupont...
These lecture notes are based on a series of lectures given at the Nankai Institute of Mathematics in the fall of 1998. They provide an overview of the work of the author and the late Chih-Han Sah on various aspects of Hilbert's Third Problem: Are two Euclidean polyhedra with the same volume "scissors-congruent", ie. can they be subdivided into finitely many pairwise congruent pieces? The book starts from the classical solution of this problem by M. Dehn. But generalization to higher dimensions and other geometries quickly leads to a great variety of mathematical topics, such as homology of groups, algebraic K-theory, characteristics classes for flat bundles, and invariants for hyperbolic manifolds. Some of the material, particularly in the chapters on projective configurations, is published here for the first time.
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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Feb 26, 2001
Publisher Singapore University Press
ISBN 9810245084 ISBN13 9789810245085