Some Group Theory

  • John M. LeeEmail author
Part of the Graduate Texts in Mathematics book series (GTM, volume 202)


In this chapter we depart from topology for a while to discuss group theory. Our goal, of course, is to use the group theory to solve topological problems, and in the next chapter we will compute the fundamental groups of all compact surfaces, and use them to show, among other things, that the different surfaces listed in the classification theorem of Chapter 6 are not homeomorphic to each other.


Free Group Equivalence Class Abelian Group Fundamental Group Cyclic Group 
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© Springer Science and Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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