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While trying to read the book "Three-Dimensional Geometry and Topology" by William P. Thurston and Silvio Levy I just realized that my knowledge of Topology is still very scarce...Is there any other book (or reference) that studies the geometry in two and three dimensions but that is a little easier to read...Or perhaps an introdutory reference to study before attempting to read this book?

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The tag wiki for reference-request says "Please do not use this as the only tag for a question." –  Zev Chonoles Feb 21 '13 at 22:11
    
Ups, sorry. Thank you for the edit. –  PML Feb 21 '13 at 22:12
    
I think it's just a dense book. I've heard stories of a reading group at Berkeley that never got past page 4 of the notes this book is based on (the one with the two tetrahedra...), but managed to publish 5 papers based on just that material. –  gmoss Feb 22 '13 at 2:45
    
Yes the book is very good but as you said: it's really dense. The main problem is not really the material that is presented (at least in the first chapter which I can't get past) but the problems... Some (most) of them I can't even understand the question... –  PML Feb 22 '13 at 9:59
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My suggestion would be to move on, and keep coming back to those ones you cannot do. If the curiosity eventually overwhelms you, ask a specific question here, and no doubt many people will help you. –  user641 Feb 25 '13 at 16:14

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