Graduate Texts in Mathematics

Topological Methods in Group Theory

Authors: Geoghegan, Ross

  • Covers important topics not covered elsewhere
  • Provides an accessible review of general topology
  • Provides in detail the topological tools needed for group theory
  • Contains more than 40 figures
  • Immense practical value as each chapter includes exercises throughout
  • Self-contained and suitable for graduate courses on algebraic topology or on its applications to group theory
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About this Textbook

Topological Methods in Group Theory is about the interplay between algebraic topology and the theory of infinite discrete groups. The author has kept three kinds of readers in mind: graduate students who have had an introductory course in algebraic topology and who need a bridge from common knowledge to the current research literature in geometric, combinatorial and homological group theory; group theorists who would like to know more about the topological side of their subject but who have been too long away from topology; and manifold topologists, both high- and low-dimensional, since the book contains much basic material on proper homotopy and locally finite homology not easily found elsewhere.

The book focuses on two main themes:

1. Topological Finiteness Properties of groups (generalizing the classical notions of "finitely generated" and "finitely presented");

2. Asymptotic Aspects of Infinite Groups (generalizing the classical notion of "the number of ends of a group").

Illustrative examples treated in some detail include: Bass-Serre theory, Coxeter groups, Thompson groups, Whitehead's contractible 3-manifold, Davis's exotic contractible manifolds in dimensions greater than three, the Bestvina-Brady Theorem, and the Bieri-Neumann-Strebel invariant. The book also includes a highly geometrical treatment of Poincaré duality (via cells and dual cells) to bring out the topological meaning of Poincaré duality groups.

To keep the length reasonable and the focus clear, it is assumed that the reader knows or can easily learn the necessary algebra (which is clearly summarized) but wants to see the topology done in detail. Apart from the introductory material, most of the mathematics presented here has not appeared in book form before.

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From the reviews:

"The author of this book has done a great service to the geometric group theory community by writing a very useful and well-written book on many topics in geometric group theory that every neophyte and researcher in the field should know. … This book is suitable as a textbook for a graduate course, with many good examples and exercises. The reviewer highly recommends this book as a basic reference book for topological methods in group theory." (John G. Ratcliffe, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2008 j)

"This is an interesting book on the interplay between algebraic topology and the theory of infinite discrete groups written for graduate students and group theorists who need to learn more in geometric and homological group theory. … It is a beautiful text in algebraic topology, with modern topics and which points the reader towards new research directions." (Corina Mohorianu, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1142, 2008)

“This book is an invaluable resource for anyone wanting a deep understanding of topics related to the ends of groups. … there is a good deal of material in this book that does not appear anywhere else in the literature. … Geoghegan’s book provides a well-presented, concrete development of geometric group theory focused on a topological approach.” (John Meier, Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, July, 2012)


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Topological Methods in Group Theory
Authors
Series Title
Graduate Texts in Mathematics
Series Volume
243
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-74614-2
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-74614-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-74611-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-2564-0
Series ISSN
0072-5285
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 473
Number of Illustrations and Tables
41 b/w illustrations
Topics