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Introduction to algebraic topology

Course
2014-2015

In this course we will treat 2 important methods/techniques in topology and geometry: (1) singular homology, (2) sheaves and cohomology. Both are aimed at understanding the global properties of a topological space by analyzing how the space is built up out of simple pieces. We shall try to emphasise both formal/abstract properties and concrete examples. Part (1) will end with a discussion of the Brouwer fixpoint theorem in arbitrary dimension, and the hairy ball theorem.

Hours of class per week
2
Final grade
Homework and oral
Prerequisites
Algebra 1—3, Lineaire algebra 1—2, Topologie

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If time permits, we will elaborate on the tight relation between the category of covering spaces of a given path connected space X, on the one hand, and the category of representations of the fundamental group of X, on the other.