Contemporary Mathematics 1999; 320 pp; softcover Volume: 231 ISBN10: 0821813625 ISBN13: 9780821813621 List Price: US$83 Member Price: US$66.40 Order Code: CONM/231
 This volume presents the proceedings of the Tel Aviv International Topology Conference held during the Special Topology Program at Tel Aviv University. The book is dedicated to Professor Mel Rothenberg on the occasion of his 65th birthday. His contributions to topology are well knownfrom the early work on triangulations to numerous papers on transformation groups and on geometric and analytic aspects of torsion theory. Current research related to those contributions are reported in this book. Coverage is included on the following topics: vanishing theorems for the Dirac operator, the theory of Reidemeister torsion (including infinite dimensional flat bundles), NobikovShubin invariants of manifolds, topology of group actions, LusternikSchnirelman theory for closed 1forms, finite type invariants of links and 3manifolds, equivariant cobordisms, equivariant orientations and Thom isomorphisms, and more. Readership Graduate students and research mathematicians working in algebraic topology. Table of Contents  M. Braverman  Vanishing theorems on covering manifolds
 R. Brooks  The Sunada method
 D. Burghelea, L. Friedlander, and T. Kappeler  Relative torsion for homotopy triangulations
 S. Cappell and J. Shaneson  Nonlinear similarity and linear similarity are equivariant below dimension 6
 M. Farber  Massey products and critical points
 M. Farber and V. Turaev  Absolute torsion
 S. Garoufalidis  Signatures of links and finite type invariants of cyclic branched covers
 V. L. Ginzburg, V. L. Guillemin, and Y. Karshon  The relation between compact and noncompact equivariant cobordisms
 M. G. Katz and A. I. Suciu  Volume of Riemannian manifolds, geometric inequalities, and homotopy theory
 J. Levine  Pure braids, a new subgroup of the mapping class group and finitetype invariants of 3manifolds
 W. Lück, H. Reich, and T. Schick  NovikovShubin invariants for arbitrary group actions and their positivity
 M. Markl and S. Shnider  Differential operator endomorphisms of an EulerLagrange complex
 V. Mathai  \(K\)theory of twisted group \(C*\)algebras and positive scalar curvature
 J. P. May  Equivariant orientations and Thom isomorphisms
 A. Nabutovsky and S. Weinberger  Algorithmic aspects of homeomorphism problems
 J. Rosenberg  The \(G\)signature theorem revisited
 M. Shubin  A sequence of connections and a characterization of Kähler manifolds
 M. Teicher  New invariants for surfaces
 G. Triantafillou  The arithmeticity of groups of automorphisms of spaces
 S. Weinberger  Nonlinear averaging, embeddings, and group actions
 S. Weinberger  Higher \(\rho\)invariants
