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An introduction to the theory of orbifolds from a modern perspective, combining techniques from geometry, algebraic topology and algebraic geometry. One of the main motivations, and a major source of examples, is string theory, where orbifolds play an important role. The subject is first developed following the classical description analogous to manifold theory, after which the book branches out to include the useful description of orbifolds provided by groupoids, as well as many examples in the context of algebraic geometry. Classical invariants such as de Rham cohomology and bundle theory are developed, a careful study of orbifold morphisms is provided, and the topic of orbifold K-theory is covered. The heart of this book, however, is a detailed description of the Chen-Ruan cohomology, which introduces a product for orbifolds and has had significant impact. The final chapter includes explicit computations for a number of interesting examples.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521870047
ISBN-10: 0521870046
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Pages: 164
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 31-May-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Alejandro Adem

Alejandro Adem is Professor of Mathematics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Johann Leida was a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin where he obtained his PhD in 2006 with a thesis on the homotopy theory of orbifolds. Yongbin Ruan is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.