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1st Edition

Virtual Topology and Functor Geometry

Edited By

Fred Van Oystaeyen

ISBN 9781420060560
Published November 15, 2007 by Chapman & Hall
168 Pages 51 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Intrinsically noncommutative spaces today are considered from the perspective of several branches of modern physics, including quantum gravity, string theory, and statistical physics. From this point of view, it is ideal to devise a concept of space and its geometry that is fundamentally noncommutative. Providing a clear introduction to noncommutative topology, Virtual Topology and Functor Geometry explores new aspects of these areas as well as more established facets of noncommutative algebra.

Presenting the material in an easy, colloquial style to facilitate understanding, the book begins with an introduction to category theory, followed by a chapter on noncommutative spaces. This chapter examines noncommutative lattices, noncommutative opens, sheaf theory, the generalized Stone space, and Grothendieck topology. The author then studies Grothendieck categorical representations to formulate an abstract notion of "affine open". The final chapter proposes a dynamical version of topology and sheaf theory, providing at least one solution of the problem of sheafification independent of generalizations of topos theory.

By presenting new ideas for the development of an intrinsically noncommutative geometry, this book fosters the further unification of different kinds of noncommutative geometry and the expression of observations that involve natural phenomena.

Table of Contents

Foreword. Introduction. Projects. A Taste of Category Theory. Noncommutative Spaces. Grothendieck Categorical Representations. Sheaves and Dynamical Topology. Bibliography. Index.

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"This book has a special character. Its main theme is to describe development of new branches of non-commutative geometry on a different level of realizations, ranging from areas already fully developed to many different suggestions for possible future investigations. … the book is very inspiring and worth reading."
EMS Newsletter, December 2009