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Overrated and outdated. Truth be told, this is more of an advanced analysis book than a Topology book, since that subject began with Poincare's Analysis Situs (which introduced (in a sense) and dealt with the two functors: homology and homotopy). The only point of such a basic, point-set topology textbook is to get you to the point where you can work through an (Algebraic) Topology text at the level of Hatcher. To that end, Munkres' book is a waste of time. There is not much point in getting los...
After making my way through Dover's excellent Algebraic Topology and Combinatorial Topology (sadly out of print), I was recommended this on account of its 'clean, accessible' (1) layout, and its wise choice of 'not completely dedicating itself to the Jordan (curve) theorem'. (2)I found it to be an even better approach to the subject than the Dover books. That said, they're all highly recommended. However, one new(er) to the concepts of algebraic and general topology will probably find this book
This is *the* topology book for self-study. Extremely clear, full of examples. Assumes no background and gets *very* far: on the "general topology" front, does Uryssohn and Nagata-Smirnov metrization, Brouwer fixed-point, dimension theory, manifold embeddings. There's a huge section on algebraic topology which I've only skimmed, but looks similarly thorough.
Good introduction to General Topology (which was the part of the book I really read.)
Excellent book on point-set topology. The introduction chapter is also exceptional. I did as many exercises as I could out of this textbook as an undergraduate one summer, and I believe that doing so took my mathematical maturity to the next level.
Munkres is goofy as well as a good teacher. This book is readable and has excellent explanations. Well organized. I took it to class and made notes in the margins. An excellent introduction to topology.
It is clear and really good introduction to the subject. I take one month to finish it after my advanced Calculus class but still learn a lot from the book. It is an example of text book for self-study.
I enjoy the writing of this book and the examples. In particular, I think the section on coverings and fundamental group to be quite good as a reference (or to learn about for the first time). The section on the separability axioms and Urysohn's Lemma is also very well presented.
it's not so bad, i judt hate topology a lot. This boom pretends to be a nice introduction book, but it is almost impossible to understand without a teacher or some online topology lectures
Truly an incredible book for an incredible topic
Great book. Very clear proofs and examples. Everyone who studies math should eventually go through this book.
I think this is one the best undergrad math books I've worked with; very concise, elegant proofs, nice problems, etc... I still have some of the final chapters to cover in the winter.
Probably one of the best books for a first course in Topology for math undergrads
Beautifully written. Very rigorous and very human.
munkres is like popsci but for mathematicians
A very gentle book on topology. Excellent for a physics student.
rough book to get through and it doesn't motivate the concepts of a topological space right away from metric spaces, but this is a minor oversight and doesn't really detract from the book's strengths. i haven't read this book in a while so i can't really give a detailed account about it's strengths and weaknesses, but there's a reason why it's a standard text in most universities here in the united states. i recommend the reader to supplement this text with mendelson's topology text, which i bel...
Finished the 1st half of the book (i.e. the stuff before Chapter 40). Munkres is pretty lucidly written for the most part, contains somewhat interesting exercises. Not too keen about how countability axioms were introduced (e.g. how do you demonstrate something possesses a countable basis? You need to demonstrate that this countable basis generates a topology that is finer than the topology that the set currently possesses. This is not made clear. Also, his decision to refer to it as a "basis" i...
I think this might be the best math text book ever written.I learned Topology from this book. This book is THE text to learn topology from. This book is a rare combination in that it teaches the material very well and it can be used as a reference later.The treatment on algebraic topology later in the book is a little light.
This book contains a great introduction to topology (more point-set than algebraic). I must admit, I have not read all of the first part of the book, but Munkres certainly makes it easier for a beginner to accept and understand the seemingly over-abstract definitions involved in point-set topology.
If you need to learn point-set topology this is the place to do it. I can't vouch for all of the AT material in the latter half, but I imagine it is as good as the rest of the book. If only all texts were this clear.
An excellent introduction to point-set and light algebraic topology. If this is your first exposure to topology, I would recommend Kinsey's "Topology of Surfaces" as a companion of solid applications in the specific case of compact 2-dimensional topology.
Delightfully clear exposition and rigorous proofs. The exercises vary from simple applications of theorems to challenging proofs. Good, clean treatment of point-set topology and algebraic topology (the latter is somewhat light, often confined particularly to results on 2-dimensional spaces).
Among the best mathematical texts I've ever read... really, fun to read.
nice book on topology, challenging problems, but text is too wordy
I enjoyed this introduction to mathematical topology. It manages to provide clear explanations with examples, without sacrificing rigor.
The text is generally pleasant to read. The proofs are well structured and complete. This is especially true for results central to the theory. I found most of the explanations very well worded and easy to follow