By John Milnor,James D. Stasheff

The thought of attribute periods offers a gathering flooring for a number of the disciplines of differential topology, differential and algebraic geometry, cohomology, and fiber package idea. As such, it's a basic and an important software within the research of differentiable manifolds.

In this quantity, the authors offer a radical creation to attribute periods, with targeted experiences of Stiefel-Whitney periods, Chern periods, Pontrjagin sessions, and the Euler classification. 3 appendices hide the fundamentals of cohomology concept and the differential kinds method of attribute sessions, and supply an account of Bernoulli numbers.

Based on lecture notes of John Milnor, which first seemed at Princeton college in 1957 and feature been largely studied through graduate scholars of topology ever considering that, this released model has been thoroughly revised and corrected.

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