Representing 3-Manifolds by Filling Dehn Surfaces

by Rubén Vigara & Álvaro Lozano-Rojo
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Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company

Series: Series on Knots and Everything

Publication Date: March 11, 2016

ISBN: 9789814725507

Binding: Kobo eBook

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This book provides an introduction to the beautiful and deep subject of filling Dehn surfaces in the study of topological 3-manifolds. This book presents, for the first time in English and with all the details, the results from the PhD thesis of the first author, together with some more recent results in the subject. It also presents some key ideas on how these techniques could be used on other subjects.

Representing 3-Manifolds by Filling Dehn Surfaces is mostly self-contained requiring only basic knowledge on topology and homotopy theory. The complete and detailed proofs are illustrated with a set of more than 600 spectacular pictures, in the tradition of low-dimensional topology books. It is a basic reference for researchers in the area, but it can also be used as an advanced textbook for graduate students or even for adventurous undergraduates in mathematics. The book uses topological and combinatorial tools developed throughout the twentieth century making the volume a trip along the history of low-dimensional topology.


  • Preliminaries:

    • Sets
    • Manifolds
    • Curves
    • Transversality
    • Regular deformations
    • Complexes
  • Filling Dehn Surfaces:

    • Dehn Surfaces in 3-manifolds
    • Filling Dehn Surfaces
    • Notation
    • Surgery on Dehn Surfaces. Montesinos Theorem
  • Johansson Diagrams:

    • Diagrams Associated to Dehn Surfaces
    • Abstract Diagrams on Surfaces
    • The Johansson Theorem
    • Filling Diagrams
  • Fundamental Group of a Dehn Sphere:

    • Coverings of Dehn Spheres
    • The Diagram Group
    • Coverings and Representations
    • Applications
    • The Fundamental ...