This book studies a large class of topological spaces, many of which play an important role in differential and homotopy topology, algebraic geometry, and catastrophe theory. These include spaces of Morse and generalized Morse functions, iterated loop spaces of spheres, spaces of braid groups, and spaces of knots and links. Vassiliev develops a general method for the topological investigation of such spaces. One of the central results here is a system of knot invariants more powerful than all known polynomial knot invariants. In addition, a deep relation between topology and complexity theory is used to obtain the best known estimate for the numbers of branchings of algorithms for solving polynomial equations.In this revision, Vassiliev has added a section on the basics of the theory and classification of ornaments, information on applications of the topology of configuration spaces to interpolation theory, and a summary of recent results about finite-order knot invariants. Specialists in differential and homotopy topology and in complexity theory, as well as physicists who work with string theory and Feynman diagrams, will find this book an upto-date reference on this exciting area of mathematics.
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In this book the authors study the differential geometry of varieties with degenerate Gauss maps. They use the main methods of differential geometry, namely, the methods of moving frames and exterior differential forms as well as tensor methods. By means of these methods, the authors discover the structure of varieties with degenerate Gauss maps, determine the singular points and singular varieties, find focal images and construct a classification of the varieties with degenerate Gauss maps.
The authors introduce the above mentioned methods and apply them to a series of concrete problems arising in the theory of varieties with degenerate Gauss maps. What makes this book unique is the authors' use of a systematic application of methods of projective differential geometry along with methods of the classical algebraic geometry for studying varieties with degenerate Gauss maps.
This book is intended for researchers and graduate students interested in projective differential geometry and algebraic geometry and their applications. It can be used as a text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students.
Each author has published over 100 papers and they have each written a number of books, including Conformal Differential Geometry and Its Generalizations (Wiley 1996), Projective Differential Geometry of Submanifolds (North-Holland 1993), and Introductory Linear Algebra (Prentice-Hall 1972), which were written by them jointly.
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