Invariant - Mathematics

Mathematics

  • Invariant (mathematics), something unaltered by a transformation, for example: taking a homotopy group functor on the category of topological spaces. Then, homeomorphic spaces have isomorphic fundamental group.
    • topological invariant
  • Invariant (physics), meaning that something does not change under a transformation, such as from one reference frame to another
  • The Invariant Society, the Oxford student mathematics society

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