By William S. Massey

"This booklet is meant to function a textbook for a path in algebraic topology at first graduate point. the most themes coated are the type of compact 2-manifolds, the elemental staff, masking areas, singular homology thought, and singular cohomology conception. those issues are constructed systematically, averting all pointless definitions, terminology, and technical equipment. at any place attainable, the geometric motivation at the back of a number of the options is emphasised. The textual content includes fabric from the 1st 5 chapters of the author's previous ebook, ALGEBRAIC TOPOLOGY: AN creation (GTM 56), including just about all of the now out-of-print SINGULAR HOMOLOGY idea (GTM 70). the cloth from the sooner books has been rigorously revised, corrected, and taken as much as date."

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Suppose that Kβ,m is parallel to Kα,k for some pair (β, m) ∈ Φ. α and β are linearly dependent since otherwise the map x → (x · α, x · β) from V to R2 would be surjective. By condition (R1), therefore, β is either α or −α. Since K−α,l is not parallel to Kα,k for any l ∈ Z, we conclude that, in fact, α = β. 35. iv. We will call a root Kα,k of Σ short) if the root α of Φ is long (or short). 36. ii. Thus d is the unique alcove in C whose closure contains the origin 0. 6) are in the same WΦ -orbit as d.

Hence neither a nor b contains x. i, it follows that both a and b contain u. Since c contains a ∩ b, it also contains u. i again, c does not contain x. Thus c contains a ∩ b ∩ E but not all of E. Therefore c = ai for some i ∈ [1, s]. Thus (i) holds. By (i), the unordered set {a1 , . . , as } depends only on a and b and not on the choice of E. From (i), we also deduce that for each i ∈ [1, s − 1], the cardinality |[ai , as ]| depends only on ai and as and not on the choice of E. Since for each i ∈ [1, s − 1], ai is the unique element of {a1 , a2 , .

We come now to the principal deﬁnition in this chapter. 21. 4. A valuation of the root datum (G† , ξ) of ∆ based at Σ is a family of surjective9 maps φa : Ua∗ → Z, one for each root a in Ξ, satisfying the following conditions: (V1) For each a ∈ Ξ, Ua,k := {u ∈ Ua | φa (u) ≥ k} is a subgroup of Ua for each k ∈ Z, where we assign to φa (1) the value ∞, so that 1 ∈ Ua,k for all k. 12 9 We will sometimes refer to the surjectivity of φa for each a ∈ Ξ as condition (V0). terms in the product on the right-hand side in (V2) are to be understood to be in the same order as the roots in the interval (a, b).