Author: Jeffrey R. Weeks

Publisher: Marcel Dekker

ISBN: 082477437X

Release Date: 1985-01-01

Genre: Surfaces

The Shape of Space brings topology to the general reader by showing how to visualize manifolds directly...complements existing textbooks, which often deal only in abstractions, by offering a wealth of concrete examples...includes the first elementary exposition of William P. Thurston's revolutionary discoveries...applies topology to cosmology...gives the first simple pictorial exposition of the Gauss-Bonnet formula...builds intuition with more than 140 hands-on exercises, all with complete solutions...and offers over 170 illustrations. An annotated bibliography lists useful references for further study on specific topics.