The invariants of manifolds. (English) Zbl 0846.57016

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In this inspiring paper the author takes the reader on a marvellous tour through invariants of manifolds starting with the Euler number, proceeding with Pontryagin numbers, index invariants from the Atiyah-Singer Index theorem and all the way to the new manifold invariants emerging from the work of Ed Witten.
For the entire collection see [Zbl 0852.00026].


57R19 Algebraic topology on manifolds and differential topology
58J20 Index theory and related fixed-point theorems on manifolds