Morse theory

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Morse theory

[′mȯrs ‚thē·ə·rē]
(mathematics)
The study of differentiable mappings of differentiable manifolds, which by examining critical points shows how manifolds can be constructed from one another.
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Benedetti, Density of Morse functions on a complex space, Math.
Writing to be accessible to first-year graduate students specializing in topology and geometry, Pajitnov covers Morse functions and vector fields on manifolds, transversality, handles, Morse complexes, cellular gradients, circle-valued more maps and Novikov complexes.