This is the full introductory lecture of a beginner's course in Algebraic Topology, given by N J Wildberger at UNSW. The subject is one of the most dynamic and exciting areas of 20th century mathematics, with its roots in the work of Riemann, Klein and Poincare in the latter half of the 19th century. This first lecture will outline the main topics, and will present three well-known but perhaps challenging problems for you to try. The course is for 3rd or 4th year undergraduate math students, but anyone with some mathematical maturity and a little background or willingness to learn group theory can benefit. The subject is particularly important for modern physics. Our treatment will have many standard features, but also some novelties. The lecturer is Assoc Prof N J Wildberger of the School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW, Sydney, Australia, well known for his discovery of Rational Trigonometry, explained in the series WildTrig, and for his other YouTube series WildLinAlg and MathFoundations.
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