by Van dyke October 20, 2006
In mathematics, topology (from the Greek τόπος, place, and λόγος, study) is concerned with the properties of space that are preserved under continuous deformations, such as stretching, crumpling and bending, but not tearing or gluing. This can be studied by considering a collection of subsets, called open sets, that satisfy certain properties, turning the given set into what is known as a topological space. Important topological properties include connectedness and compactness.
Using topology, you can figure out why a hole in a hole in a hole is just like a three-handled coffee cup.
by Cyclotrons December 02, 2017