In 1967 Robert F. Brown derived a formula which relates the Nielsen number N(f) of a fibre map f to the Nielsen numbers N(f),(fb), where f,fb are induced by f. This work is concerned to prove an analogous result for the Δ-Nielsen number, N(f,g,Δ). In Chapter I we introduce the set of coincidences of two maps f,g: X->Γ,f(f,g) = {xϵX: f(x)=g(x)}. We partition this set into equivalence classes by means of the equivalence relation of fixed end-point homotopy and then study some of the geometry of the equivalence classes. We then proceed to introduce the Δ-Nielsen number N(f,g,Δ) by means of an index, which we show satisfies the axioms of Brooks [1969] for a coincidence index. Thereafter we show N(f,g,Δ) to be a homotopy invariant. In Chapter II we introduce the class of fibre spaces. By restricting ourselves to fibre spaces which are products of closed, finitely triangulable manifolds, we derive an analogous formula for coincidences as Brown has for fixed points. Some suggestions for a complete analogue conclude the work.

Reference:

Mordant, I. 1973. The Delta-Nielsen number in products. University of Cape Town.

Mordant, I. (1973). The Delta-Nielsen number in products. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Science ,Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/22233

Mordant, Ian. "The Delta-Nielsen number in products." Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Science ,Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, 1973. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/22233

Mordant I. The Delta-Nielsen number in products. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Science ,Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, 1973 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/22233