01285nam a2200157 4500008004100000020001500041041000800056080001200064100001700076245004200093260004900135300001400184490005600198520084600254700002701100160616s1975 000 0 a0521206812 aeng a51bBRO aBrocker, Th. aDifferentiable Germs and Catastrophes aCambridge bCambridge University Pressc1975 avi,179 p. aLondon mathematical society lecture note seriesv17 aThese notes give a fairly elementary introduction to the local theory of differentiable mappings. Sard's Theorem and the Preparation Theorem of Malgrange and Mather are the basic tools and these are proved first. There follows a number of illustrations including: the local part of Whitney's Theorem on mappings of the plane into the plane, quadratic differentials, the Instability Theorem of Thom, one of Mather's theorems on finite determinacy and a glimpse of the theory of Toujeron. The later part of the book develops Mather's theory of unfoldings of singularities. Its application to Catastrophe theory is explained and the Elementary Catastrophes are illustrated by many pictures. The book is suitable as a text for courses to graduates and advanced undergraduates but may also be of interest to mathematical biologists and economists aLander, L (Translator)