By Nikolai Saveliev

Development in low-dimensional topology has been very quickly during the last 20 years, resulting in the recommendations of many tricky difficulties. one of many effects of this "acceleration of historical past" is that many effects have simply seemed in expert journals and monographs. those are rarely available to scholars who've accomplished just a simple path in algebraic topology, or perhaps to a couple researchers whose speedy forte isn't topology.

Among the highlights of this era are Casson’s effects at the Rohlin invariant of homotopy 3-spheres, in addition to his l-invariant. The objective of this e-book is to supply a much-needed bridge to those glossy issues. The e-book covers a few classical issues, comparable to Heegaard splittings, Dehn surgical procedure, and invariants of knots and hyperlinks. It proceeds in the course of the Kirby calculus and Rohlin’s theorem to Casson’s invariant and its functions, and offers a short caricature of hyperlinks with the newest advancements in low-dimensional topology and gauge conception.

The publication may be available to graduate scholars in arithmetic and theoretical physics conversant in a few uncomplicated algebraic topology, together with the basic team, easy homology concept, and Poncaré duality on manifolds.

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I t x R ~ Id(R). In this first approach of the problem, we limit our attention to the case of commutative unital rings and define the equality by [r = s] = Ann ( r - s) where "Ann" stands for annihilator. This gives a representation of the ring R in the usual sense that the global elements of ~ are in bijection with the elements of It. Moreover, given one of the classical constructions on a spectrum of R obtained via a quotient q: I d ( R ) ~ O ( S p ( R ) ) the composite R x It Id(it) O(Sp(R)) is just the corresponding classical sheaf representation of the ring.

5] C. MULVEY, Representations of rings and modules, Springer LNM 753, 1980, 542587. This paper is in final form and will not be published elsewhere. NORMALIZATION EQUIVALENCE, KERNEL EQUIVALENCE AND ~ CATEGORIES Dominique Bourn Fac. de MathEmatiques, Universit6 de Picardie 33 rue St Leu, 80039 Amiens France. In a recent paper [4], A. Carboni gave an interesting characterization of the categories of affine spaces, i. e. slices of additive categories, by means of a "modularity" condition, relating coproducts and puUbacks, which is a categorical version of the modularity condition for lattices, in the same way as the distributive categories are the categorical version of the distributive lattices.

Examole 1. When IE is modular, IE has split pullbacks and finite products. Moreover the fibration p is trivial because of the kernel equivalence. Finally, following the proposition 4, IE has split puschouts. So the modular categories are essentially affine. The previous terminology is due to the following result : Prot~osition 5. e. each fiber and each change of base functor is additive). PrQof. e. the fiber is pointed). Furthermore, IE having split pullbacks, each fiber admits finite products and each change of base functor preserves them.