Instructor
Prof. Marco Varisco,
mvarisco@albany.edu,
www.albany.edu/~mv312143/
Office: ES120C,
Office Hours: MWF 8:15–9:15, or by appointment.
Schedule
MWF 11:30–12:30 in ES153.
Prerequisites
AMAT 520 & 540, or permission of instructor.
Description
The ultimate goal of this course is to present a proof of the celebrated scobordism theorem, from which a proof of the Poicaré conjecture in dimensions 5 or more easily follows. These are some of the most important breakthroughs in geometric topology of the last half century. Along the way we will learn, among other things, about smooth manifolds with or without boundary, Morse theory, handle decompositions, surgery, Whitehead torsion, and the first algebraic Ktheory group of a ring.
Textbook
None, but the following lecture notes, which are freely available online, are an excellent reference.

Wolfgang Lück, A basic introduction to surgery theory, in Topology of highdimensional manifolds, Vol. 1, 1–224, ICTP Lect. Notes 9, Trieste, 2002.
http://publications.ictp.it/lns/vol9.html
And the following textbook, which has recently been reprinted by Dover Publications and can be bought for about $10, is also worth recommending.
 Antoni A. Kosinski, Differential Manifolds, Dover, 2007.
Grading
Biweekly homework assignments.