By Kunio Murasugi, B. Kurpita

ISBN-10: 0792357671

ISBN-13: 9780792357674

ISBN-10: 9048152453

ISBN-13: 9789048152452

This publication presents a complete exposition of the idea of braids, starting with the fundamental mathematical definitions and constructions. one of the subject matters defined intimately are: the braid crew for numerous surfaces; the answer of the observe challenge for the braid crew; braids within the context of knots and hyperlinks (Alexander's theorem); Markov's theorem and its use in acquiring braid invariants; the relationship among the Platonic solids (regular polyhedra) and braids; using braids within the answer of algebraic equations. Dirac's challenge and distinct sorts of braids termed Mexican plaits are additionally mentioned. viewers: because the ebook is determined by recommendations and strategies from algebra and topology, the authors additionally supply a few appendices that conceal the required fabric from those branches of arithmetic. for this reason, the booklet is out there not just to mathematicians but in addition to anyone who may have an curiosity within the concept of braids. particularly, as progressively more purposes of braid thought are chanced on open air the area of arithmetic, this publication is perfect for any physicist, chemist or biologist who want to comprehend the arithmetic of braids. With its use of diverse figures to give an explanation for truly the math, and routines to solidify the certainty, this publication can also be used as a textbook for a path on knots and braids, or as a supplementary textbook for a path on topology or algebra.

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