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The Topological Zoo
The Topological Zoo is designed a resource for mathematicians and
educators. It is a visual dictionary of surfaces and other
mathematical objects, consisting primarily of movies, still images and
interactive pictures. Its contents can be used to complement
classroom presentations, research papers and talks. For the casual
browser, each object is accompanied by a short description that
provides background information and interconnections among the objects
in the zoo. Where appropriate, the equations that describe the
objects are included. The Zoo is primarily a reference, however; it
is not an introduction to topology or other branches of mathematics.
The Topological Zoo is an ongoing project at the Geometry Center and
is primarily the work of graduate students from the the University of
Minnesota and undergraduates who participate in the
Summer Institute at the Geometry Center.
A list of Zookeepers is available.
Main Gateways to the Collection:
- Topological Type. This exhibit
describes the closed compact surfaces by their topological type, and
includes the sphere, the torus, the Klein bottle, and the projective
plane as some of its main attractions.
- Surface Features. This exhibit
describes several important features of surfaces that are generally
local in nature. You will find the Mobius band and the Whitney
- Examples from:
- Special Exhibits:
If you don't know where to find what you are looking for, you can
Search the collection, or browse the Alphabetical List
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Created: Jun 27 1995 ---
Last modified: Fri Dec 15 15:39:09 1995
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