By Dmitry Kozlov

This quantity is the 1st finished remedy of combinatorial algebraic topology in booklet shape. the 1st a part of the ebook constitutes a rapid stroll throughout the major instruments of algebraic topology. Readers - graduate scholars and dealing mathematicians alike - will most likely locate rather beneficial the second one half, which incorporates an in-depth dialogue of the key learn recommendations of combinatorial algebraic topology. even supposing functions are sprinkled in the course of the moment half, they're relevant concentration of the 3rd half, that's solely dedicated to constructing the topological constitution idea for graph homomorphisms.

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We can now define Bϕ (lk∆ (σ))(f, τ ) = (g, Bh (∆)(τ )). We leave the verification of the compatibility condition to the reader. The geometric meaning of the link is the same as for generalized simplicial and polyhedral complexes. For a trisp ∆ and a simplex σ, the star of σ, denoted by star∆ (σ), is a cone with apex, which we denote by σ as well, over the link of σ in ∆. In particular, it is always contractible. It is also possible to define joins of trisps. Assume that the triangulated spaces ∆1 and ∆2 are given by their gluing data and let us describe the gluing data for the trisp ∆1 ∗ ∆2 .

Let ∆ be an abstract simplicial complex, and let σ be a simplex of ∆. The stellar subdivision2 of ∆ at σ is the abstract simplicial complex sd∆ (σ) defined by the following: 2 The stellar subdivision is a special case of combinatorial blowups; see [FK04] for the definition and [CD06, Del06, FK05, FM05, FS05, FY04, Fei05, Fei06] for further applications of the latter concept. 14 • • 2 Cell Complexes σ }, where σ ˆ simply For the set of vertices we have V (sd∆ (σ)) = V (∆) ∪ {ˆ denotes the new vertex “indexed by σ,” and in case σ itself is a vertex, we have σ ˆ = σ, and no new vertex is introduced.

The notion of a link in triangulated spaces, which we will actually need, will be defined rigorously in the next section. To start with, notice that every polyhedral complex is embeddable into RN for a sufficiently large number N . Indeed, all we need to verify is that we can attach each cell to an embeddable complex X so that it stays embeddable, possibly increasing the dimension. Assume that X ⊆ RN and add one more dimension. Place a vertex on the new coordinate axis and span a cone over the subspace of X along which the new cell is to be glued.