Manifolds, a generalisation of the notion of “smooth curves” or surfaces,
are topological spaces *locally homeomorphic to a vector space*. This gives
rise to what is actually the most natural / mathematically elegant way of dealing
with them: calculations can be carried out locally, in connection with Riemannian
products etc., in a vector space, the tangent space / tangent bundle.

However, this does not trivially translate to non-local operations. Common
ways to carry those out include using a single affine map to cover (almost) all of the manifold
(in general not possible homeomorphically, which leads to both topological and geometrical
problems), to embed the manifold into a larger-dimensional vector space (which tends
to distract from the manifold's own properties and is often not friendly to computations)
or approximating the manifold by some kind of finite simplicial mesh (which intrinsically
introduces non-differentiability issues and leads to the question of what precision
is required).

This library tries to mitigate these problems by using Haskell's
functional nature to keep the representation close to the mathematical ideal of
local linearity with homeomorphic coordinate transforms, and, where it is
necessary to recede to the less elegant alternatives, exploiting lazy evaluation
etc. to optimise the compromises that have to be made.