By J. de Vries
This publication is designed as an creation into what I name 'abstract' Topological Dynamics (TO): the examine of topological transformation teams with admire to difficulties that may be traced again to the qualitative thought of differential equa is within the culture of the books [GH] and [EW. The name tions. So this ebook (,Elements . . . ' instead of 'Introduction . . . ') doesn't suggest that this ebook could be in comparison, both in scope or in (intended) effect, with the 'Ele ments' of Euclid or Bourbaki. as a substitute, it displays the alternative and business enterprise of the fabric during this publication: simple and simple (but adequate to appreciate fresh examine papers during this field). There are nonetheless many not easy prob lems looking forward to an answer, and particularly between basic topologists there's a growing to be curiosity during this path. although, the technical inaccessability of many examine papers makes it virtually most unlikely for an interloper to lower than stand what's going. To a wide volume, this inaccessability is as a result of the shortcoming of a superb and systematic exposition of the elemental tools and methods of summary TO. This booklet is an try and fill this hole. The guideline for the association of the cloth during this publication has been the exposition of equipment and strategies instead of a dialogue of the major difficulties and their suggestions. even though the latter are on no account ignored: they're used as a motivation anyplace attainable.
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