By Andrew H. Wallace

Holding mathematical necessities to a minimal, this undergraduate-level textual content stimulates scholars' intuitive realizing of topology whereas keeping off the tougher subtleties and technicalities. Its concentration is the tactic of round alterations and the examine of serious issues of capabilities on manifolds. 1968 version.

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In the reducible case, we can decompose P in a collection of two or more (irreducible) g k -invariant sets. In fact, in the case that the points of P belong to just one periodic orbit, for some k, g k maps each invariant curve onto itself and there are l = p/k points of P within each curve. Hence, reducibility requires p not to be a prime number [Boyland 1984]. Conﬁning ourselves to prime periods (or after decomposing reducible cases into the irreducible components) Thurston’s theorem reduces to two alternatives: ﬁnite order or pseudo-Anosov homeomorphisms.

Eﬀectively, this equivalence relation induces a collapse of the ﬂow along the stable manifold, and identiﬁes orbits with identical future. The ﬂow becomes a semi-ﬂow on a two-dimensional manifold. What is remarkable about this tremendous collapse is that the periodic solutions within the invariant set will not change their topological properties under the projection. The reason is the following. Let x be a point on a periodic orbit, and W s = {y : d(φt (y), φt (x)) → 0 as t → ∞}. , those points whose dynamical evolution approach the periodic orbit as t → ∞.

The result is not true for orbits lying completely in the border of D, but these are just a ﬁnite set. This means that since f and φ both present the same invariant set P and hence lie in the same class, f has at least the same number of periodic orbits as φ for each period n ≥ 1 with the possible exception of the border orbits (which are a ﬁnite number of rigid rotations). (2) The topological entropy of φ, h(φ), is a lower bound to that of f . (3) Pseudo-Anosov maps admit a Markov partition from which h(φ) can April 10, 2007 14:40 42 WSPC/Book Trim Size for 9in x 6in The User’s Approach to Topological Methods in 3-D Dynamical Systems be computed (it is the logarithm of the largest-modulus eigenvalue of the associated Markov matrix) [Casson and Bleiler 1988].