Differential topology and Morse theory (MAGIC002)
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The course will give an introduction to Morse Theory. This theory studies the topology of smooth manifolds through real-valued smooth functions whose critical points satisfy a certain non-degeneracy condition. We will investigate how the homotopy type is related to critical points and how the homology of a manifold can be calculated through Morse functions.
Spring 2020 (Monday, January 20 to Friday, March 27)
Basic knowledge of Differentiable Manifolds and Algebraic Topology is necessary. This can be obtained through the Core Courses MAGIC063 and MAGIC064.
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