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Conceptual Topology & Manifolds books

  1. Apr 15, 2012 #1
    I am looking for books that introduce the fundamentals
    of topology or manifolds. Not looking for proofs and rigor.
    Something that steps through fundamental theorems in the
    field, but gives conceptual explanations.
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  3. Apr 15, 2012 #2
  4. Apr 15, 2012 #3


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    One intuitive book is Griffiths' Surfaces a few theorems such as the Konigsberg bridge problem and the Euler characteristic are demonstrated in simple language along with non-orientable surfaces and so on.

    Crossley's Essential Topology unfortunately includes some proofs but is not big on rigor. I suspect that it will be difficult to find a book that doesn't have some proofs.
  5. Apr 16, 2012 #4
    You could try Prasolov's Intuitive Topology. I haven't read it, but I took a look inside and it seems like that sort of thing.

    There's also a book, Algebraic Topology: An Intuitive Approach.

    Armstrong: Basic Topology has an introduction along the lines you have in mind.

    Hilbert and Cohn Vossen's book, Geometry and the Imagination has a chapter on topology.

    Another thing you might try is to look at historical references. It should be kept in mind that the study of topology really precedes point-set topology in its modern form. One of the earliest results was the classification of surfaces by Riemann and Mobius, independently, back in the 19th century. Whereas, I think point-set sort of reached a pretty modern form in the 1920s. Another interesting thing to look at, which I haven't done yet, is to read Poincare's old papers. Also predating point-set.
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