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From the reviews: "The author has attempted an ambitious and most commendable project. He assumes only a modest knowledge of algebraic topology on the part of the reader to start with, and he leads the reader systematically to the point at which he can begin to tackle problems in the current areas of research centered around generalized homology theories and their applications. ... The author has sought to make his treatment complete and he has succeeded. The book contains much material that has not previously appeared in this format. The writing is clean and clear and the exposition is well motivated. ... This book is, all in all, a very admirable work and a valuable addition to the literature... (S.Y. Husseini in Mathematical Reviews, 1976)
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 1.85 lbs.
Release Date Feb 26, 2002
ISBN 3540427503 ISBN13 9783540427506
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Biography of Robert M. Switzer
Robert M. Switzer was born in Tennessee (USA) in 1940.
After majoring in mathematics at Harvard College, he completed his PhD at Stanford University in 1965. He spent 5 years as lecturer at the University of Manchester, England, and then moved to Goettingen, Germany, where he has been Professor of Mathematics since 1973. In the early 1980s his research concentrated on obstruction theory in connection with holomorphic bundles on projective spaces.
In 1984 he switched his attention to Computer Science and has been teaching and working in that field ever since.
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This might take a while... Jun 9, 2002
The earlier chapters are quite good; however, some of the advanced topics in this book are better approached (appreciated) after one has learned about them elsewhere, at a more leisurely pace. For instance, this isn't the best place to first read about characteristic classes and topological K theory (I would recommend, without much hesitation, the books by Atiyah and Milnor & Stasheff, instead). Much to my disappointment, the chapter on spectral sequences is quite convoluted. Parts of 'user's guide' by Mcleary would certainly come in handy here (which sets the stage rather nicely for applications).
So it turns out that supplemental reading (exluding Whitehead's massive treatise) is necessary to achieve a better understanding of algebraic topology at the level of this book. The homotopical view therein will be matched (possibly superseded) by Aguilar's book (forthcoming, to which I am very much looking forward).