The emphasis of this book is on developing enough familiarity with the material to solve difficult problems. Rigorous proofs are kept to a minimum. I have included numerous detailed examples so that you may see how the concepts really work. All exercises have detailed solutions that you can find at the end of the book. I regard these exercises, along with their solutions, to be an integral part of the material.
David Bachman, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Pitzer College, in Claremont, California. His Ph.D. is from the University of Texas at Austin, and he has taught at Portland State University, The University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. Dr. Bachman has authored one other textbook, as well as 11 research papers in low-dimensional topology that have appeared in top peer-reviewed journals.