A collection of 12 posts

Feb 26, 2019

Path Connectedness

Now we can think about a different type of "connectedness." Intuitively, if a space is "connected" you should be able to draw a path between any two points in the space. Otherwise, if there are points in the space that cannot be connected by a path, it is "disconnected."

Feb 21, 2019


In this post, I'm going to prove the Intermediate Value Theorem and the One-Dimensional Brouwer Fixed Point Theorem, which are two results that are undeniably and unreasonably useful. In order to prove them, however, we will need to study the notion of connectedness.

Apr 20, 2017

Sequences, Hausdorff Spaces and Nets

I'm now going to talk about sequences and nets, which often provide an alternative way of describing topological phenomena. I'll also talk about Hausdorff spaces, which have all sorts of nice properties.

Apr 9, 2017

Quotient Spaces

The notion of a quotient space will effectively allow us to glue pieces of topological spaces together. This corresponds to the collapsing of equivalent subsets to points which occurs in quotient sets, as I mentioned in my last post.

Apr 8, 2017

Product Spaces

Next let's talk about an intuitive way to combine topological spaces to create new spaces which inherit certain characteristics from their parents. We've talked about Cartesian products before in the context of set theory, but what happens if we take the Cartesian product of topological spaces?

Apr 8, 2017


A topological space is, at its core, just a set with some additional structure. So what if we want to keep the structure, but change the underlying set? There's an easy and somewhat obvious way to do this.

Apr 7, 2017

Continuity and Homeomorphisms

The concept of continuity is central to the study of topology. So much so, in fact, that whenever anyone talks about a map between topological spaces, they generally expect you to know that they're talking about a continuous map.

Apr 2, 2017

Bases for Topologies

Essentially, a basis is a 'small' collection of open sets from which every open set can be easily generated. It is often useful to talk about the topology generated by a specific basis, since many facts about a topology can be gleaned by studying one of its bases.

Mar 31, 2017

A First Look at Topological Spaces

There are also many circumstances in which we care about the shape of a space but couldn't care less about distances. For instance, a famous puzzle that influenced the development of the entire field of topology is the problem of the **Seven Bridges of Königsberg**.

Mar 31, 2017

Metric Spaces (2)

Looking back through my first post about metric spaces, it occurred to me that I should probably have emphasized a few things that could be a bit confusing, so let me address those first before pressing forward.

Mar 30, 2017

Metric Spaces (1)

Taken by themselves, sets do not have much structure to them. They are essentially barren wastelands with no relationships at all between their elements. In this post we will remedy that by defining a way to add a measure of proximity to the points in a set.