3-Manifold Groups

  • Matthias Aschenbrenner

    University of California Los Angeles, USA
  • Stefan Friedl

    Universität Regensburg, Germany
  • Henry Wilton

    University of Cambridge, UK
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The field of 3-manifold topology has made great strides forward since 1982, when Thurston articulated his influential list of questions. Primary among these is Perelman's proof of the Geometrization Conjecture, but other highlights include the Tameness Theorem of Agol and Calegari–Gabai, the Surface Subgroup Theorem of Kahn–Markovic, the work of Wise and others on special cube complexes, and finally Agol's proof of the Virtual Haken Conjecture. This book summarizes all these developments and provides an exhaustive account of the current state of the art of 3-manifold topology, especially focussing on the consequences for fundamental groups of 3-manifolds.

As the first book on 3-manifold topology that incorporates the exciting progress of the last two decades, it will be an invaluable resource for researchers in the field who need a reference for these developments. It also gives a fast-paced introduction to this material – although some familiarity with the fundamental group is recommended, little other previous knowledge is assumed, and the book is accessible to graduate students.

The book closes with an extensive list of open questions, which will also be of interest to graduate students and established researchers alike.