Allen Hatcher seems impossible and this is set as the course text?

So was wondering is there a better book than this? It’s pretty cheap book compared to other books on amazon and is free online.

Any good intro to Algebraic topology books?

I can find a big lists of Algebraic geometry books on here. On a very old thread on Maths overflow someone recommended that a person should read James Munkres Topology first, then you should read Allen Hatcher book.

It just seems like Rudin’s book but crammed with ten times more material.

**Answer**

I’m with Jonathan in that Hatcher’s book is also one of my least favorite texts. I prefer Bredon’s “Topology and Geometry.”

For all the people raving about Hatcher, here are some my dislikes:

- His visual arguments did not resonate with me. I found myself in many cases more willing to accept the theorem’s statement as fact than certain steps in his argument.
- He uses Δ complexes, which are rarely used.
- I would have preferred a more formal viewpoint (categories are introduced kind of late and not used very much).
- There aren’t many examples that are as difficult as some of the more difficult problems.

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