Grassmannians and Gauss Maps in Piecewise-Linear Topology

The book explores the possibility of extending the notions of "Grassmannian" and "Gauss map" to the PL category. They are distinguished from "classifying space" and "classifying map" which are essentially homotopy-theoretic notions. The analogs of Grassmannian...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Levitt, Norman
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Berlin, Heidelberg Springer Berlin Heidelberg 1989, 1989
Edition:1st ed. 1989
Series:Lecture Notes in Mathematics
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Collection: Springer Book Archives -2004 - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
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Summary:The book explores the possibility of extending the notions of "Grassmannian" and "Gauss map" to the PL category. They are distinguished from "classifying space" and "classifying map" which are essentially homotopy-theoretic notions. The analogs of Grassmannian and Gauss map defined incorporate geometric and combinatorial information. Principal applications involve characteristic class theory, smoothing theory, and the existence of immersion satifying certain geometric criteria, e.g. curvature conditions. The book assumes knowledge of basic differential topology and bundle theory, including Hirsch-Gromov-Phillips theory, as well as the analogous theories for the PL category. The work should be of interest to mathematicians concerned with geometric topology, PL and PD aspects of differential geometry and the geometry of polyhedra
Physical Description:V, 203 p online resource
ISBN:9783540460787