Concepts inModeling surfaces of arbitrary topology using manifolds
Manifold
In mathematics, a manifold is a mathematical object that on a small enough scale resembles Euclidean space. For example, seen from far away, the surface of the planet Earth is not flat and Euclidean, but on a smaller scale, one may describe each region via a geographic map, a projection of the surface onto the Euclidean plane. A precise mathematical definition of a manifold is given below. Lines and circles (but not figure eights) are one-dimensional manifolds (1-manifolds).
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Topology
Topology (from the Greek τόπος, “place”, and λόγος, “study”) is a major area of mathematics concerned with properties that are preserved under continuous deformations of objects, such as deformations that involve stretching, but no tearing or gluing. It emerged through the development of concepts from geometry and set theory, such as space, dimension, and transformation. Ideas that are now classified as topological were expressed as early as 1736.
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