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Provides a useful introduction to Morse Theory
Covers many of the most important topics in Morse theory, along with applications
Contains many very good exercises
Far more uptodate and less specialized than any other book on Morse Theory
Part of the book series: Universitext (UTX)
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Table of contents (5 chapters)

Front Matter

Back Matter
About this book
This selfcontained treatment of Morse Theory focuses on applications and is intended for a graduate course on differential or algebraic topology. The book is divided into three conceptually distinct parts. The first part contains the foundations of Morse theory (over the reals). The second part consists of applications of Morse theory over the reals, while the last part describes the basics and some applications of complex Morse theory, a.k.a. PicardLefschetz theory.
This is the first textbook to include topics such as MorseSmale flows, minmax theory, moment maps and equivariant cohomology, and complex Morse theory. The exposition is enhanced with examples, problems, and illustrations, and will be of interest to graduate students as well as researchers. The reader is expected to have some familiarity with cohomology theory and with the differential and integral calculus on smooth manifolds.
Liviu Nicolaescu is Associate Professor of Mathematics at University of Notre Dame.
Keywords
 Algebraic topology
 Topology
 algebra
 calculus
 cohomology
 cohomology theory
 function
 homology
 manifold
 mathematics
Reviews
From the reviews:
"Morse theory, a tool within differential topology, strategically studies a given abstract smooth manifold by first imposing on it a nearly arbitrary numerical function, and then cleverly extracting from it purely topological information. … Undergraduates will see that the foundations of this advanced topic build directly on a(n honest) course in multivariable calculus … . Primarily for mathematics students. Summing Up: Recommended. Upperdivision undergraduates through professionals." (D. V. Feldman, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (6), February, 2008)
"The book is a nicely written selfcontained introduction to Morse theory … . will be useful for mathematicians of various levels, including graduate students and researchers." (Michael Farber, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1131, 2008)
"Nicolaescu’s book starts with the basics of Morse theory over the reals … . The discussion continuously presents some really nice and well chosen applications of the theory, and finally lets the reader see, that the whole theory can go on to complex, where the set of regular values, that is disconnected by nature over the reals, becomes connected. … This book is warmly recommended for interested graduate students and researcher … ." (Árpád Kurusa, Acta Scientiarum Mathematicarum, Vol. 74, 2008)
"Nicolaescu’s book complements previous books on Morse theory by quickly developing the foundations of the subject in terms of gradientlike vector fields and discussing applications not found in other books on Morse theory. … the book is recommended for graduate students and researchers … ." (David E. Hurtubise, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2009 m)
“This book offers a beautiful self contained introduction to Morse theory. It should be accessible to graduate students familiar with the basics of algebraic topology and differential geometry. … it provides a complete proof of the Picard–Lefschetz formula. The book concludes with a number of exercises and solutions to some of them.” (St. Haller, Monatshefte für Mathematik, Vol. 157 (1), May, 2009)
Authors and Affiliations

Mathematics Department, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, USA
Liviu Nicolaescu
Bibliographic Information
Book Title: An Invitation to Morse Theory
Authors: Liviu Nicolaescu
Series Title: Universitext
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/9780387495101
Publisher: Springer New York, NY
eBook Packages: Mathematics and Statistics, Mathematics and Statistics (R0)
Copyright Information: SpringerVerlag New York 2007
eBook ISBN: 9780387495101
Series ISSN: 01725939
Series EISSN: 21916675
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XIV, 242
Number of Illustrations: 32 b/w illustrations
Topics: Global Analysis and Analysis on Manifolds, Manifolds and Cell Complexes