By Andrew H. Wallace

Proceeding from the view of topology as a sort of geometry, Wallace emphasizes geometrical motivations and interpretations. as soon as past the singular homology teams, even if, the writer advances an realizing of the subject's algebraic styles, leaving geometry apart so one can learn those styles as natural algebra. a variety of workouts seem in the course of the textual content. as well as constructing scholars' considering when it comes to algebraic topology, the workouts additionally unify the textual content, considering that lots of them characteristic effects that seem in later expositions. broad appendixes provide necessary reports of heritage material.

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Since dp_1dp = 0, it follows that dp_1ii-1(y) = dp_1dp(,B) = 0 and so, by commutativity, i 1- 2d P' _ 1(y) = dp _ 1 i1 p(y) = 0. Thus d,_ 1(y) is in the kernel of i - 2 but the exactness of the horizontal lines in the diagram implies that the i kernel of i i - 2 is zero, so d p _ 1(y) = 0. Thus y is in the kernel of d ; _ . Its coset modulo the image of dp is denoted by aa. It must be checked, of course, that as depends only on a and not on the choices of a and j3 made in the above construction.

Property (b) of G is part of its definition, while property (a) 1 follows from Lemma 2-3. A similar result holds with V replaced by W. The homotopy G constructed in the last lemma can be applied to a number of different situations. First, consider the inclusion j : (Kr'' , Kr -1) (Kr'' , V) along with the map g of Lemma 2-5, which is considered now as a map of pairs of spaces: g:(K',V)-+ (K',K'_1) The composed map gj is the same as g on Kr, but it is considered now as a map of the pair (Kr, Kr'- 1) into itself.

This expresses exactly what would be expected from geometric intuition : given a simplex in E = E x {0} then the result of constructing a prism over it and then mapping into E' x I by f' is the same as that of first carrying the simplex over to E', by means of f, and then constructing the prism over the result. The proof is a straightforward verification. It is obviously sufficient to check the commutativity of the diagram by applying the maps to a generator of Cp(E), namely, to a singular simplex on E.