Will Merry: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2021

Name Dr. Will Merry
RelationshipAssistant Professor

401-0000-00LCommunication in Mathematics
Does not take place this semester.
2 credits1VW. Merry
AbstractDon't hide your Next Great Theorem behind bad writing.

This course teaches fundamental communication skills in mathematics: how to write clearly and how to structure mathematical content for different audiences, from theses, to preprints, to personal statements in applications. In addition, the course will help you establish a working knowledge of LaTeX.
ObjectiveKnowing how to present written mathematics in a structured and clear manner.
ContentTopics covered include:

- Language conventions and common errors.
- How to write a thesis (more generally, a mathematics paper).
- How to use LaTeX.
- How to write a personal statement for Masters and PhD applications.
Lecture notesFull lecture notes will be made available on my website:

Prerequisites / NoticeThere are no formal mathematical prerequisites.
401-3001-61LAlgebraic Topology I Information 8 credits4GW. Merry
AbstractThis is an introductory course in algebraic topology, which is the study of algebraic invariants of topological spaces. Topics covered include:
singular homology, cell complexes and cellular homology, the Eilenberg-Steenrod axioms.
Literature1) G. Bredon, "Topology and geometry",
Graduate Texts in Mathematics, 139. Springer-Verlag, 1997.

2) A. Hatcher, "Algebraic topology",
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2002.

Book can be downloaded for free at:

See also:

3) E. Spanier, "Algebraic topology", Springer-Verlag
Prerequisites / NoticeYou should know the basics of point-set topology.

Useful to have (though not absolutely necessary) basic knowledge of the fundamental group and covering spaces (at the level covered in the course "topology").

Some knowledge of differential geometry and differential topology is useful but not strictly necessary.

Some (elementary) group theory and algebra will also be needed.