Synopses & Reviews
Knot theory is a concept in algebraic topology that has found applications to a variety of mathematical problems as well as to problems in computer science, biological and medical research, and mathematical physics. This book is directed to a broad audience of researchers, beginning graduate students, and senior undergraduate students in these fields. The book contains most of the fundamental classical facts about the theory, such as knot diagrams, braid representations, Seifert surfaces, tangles, and Alexander polynomials; also included are key newer developments and special topics such as chord diagrams and covering spaces. The work introduces the fascinating study of knots and provides insight into applications to such studies as DNA research and graph theory. In addition, each chapter includes a supplement that consists of interesting historical as well as mathematical comments. The author clearly outlines what is known and what is not known about knots. He has been careful to avoid advanced mathematical terminology or intricate techniques in algebraic topology or group theory. There are numerous diagrams and exercises relating the material. The study of Jones polynomials and the Vassiliev invariants are closely examined. "The book ...develops knot theory from an intuitive geometric-combinatorial point of view, avoiding completely more advanced concepts and techniques from algebraic topology...Thus the emphasis is on a lucid and intuitive exposition accessible to a broader audience... The book, written in a stimulating and original style, will serve as a first approach to this interesting field for readers with various backgrounds in mathematics, physics, etc. It is the first text developing recent topics as the Jones polynomial and Vassiliev invariants on a level accessible also for non-specialists in the field." -Zentralblatt Math
Review
From the reviews: "The book ...develops knot theory from an intuitive geometric-combinatorial point of view, avoiding completely more advanced concepts and techniques from algebraic topology.... intended for readers without a considerable background in mathematics...particular attention is given to connections and applications to other natural sciences. Thus the emphasis is on a lucid and intuitive exposition accessible to a broader audience... The book, written in a stimulating and original style, will serve as a first approach to this interesting field for readers with various backgrounds in mathematics, physics, etc. It is the first text developing recent topics as the Jones polynomial and Vassiliev invariants on a level accessible also for non-specialists in the field." -Zentralblatt Math "Noteworthy features here include applications to chemistry and biology and a final chapter on the very important Vassiliev invariants, a fairly late-breaking development. Murasugi, an expert of stature on knots, begins absolutely from first principles and avoids sophisticated terminology, but he writes in a careful and rigorous style." -Choice "I grabbed the opportunity to review this book, and I'm still enthusiastic. ... I enjoyed it immensely. ... In general, the author strives for clarity, and that was appreciated by this reviewer and will be appreciated by students. ... I also enjoyed how he always keeps us abreast of the general picture, in particular keeping us up to date with respect to the various new results and successes ... ." (Marion Cohen, MathDL, June, 2008)
Synopsis
Knot theory is a concept in algebraic topology that has found applications to a variety of mathematical problems as well as in computer science, biological and medical research, and mathematical physics. This book is directed to a broad audience of research workers and beginning graduate students in these fields. It contains most of the fundamental classical facts about the theory, such as know diagrams, braid representations, Seifert surfaces, tangles, and Alexander polynomials, as well as more recent developments and special topics such as chord diagrams and covering spaces.
Synopsis
This book introduces the study of knots, providing insights into recent applications in DNA research and graph theory. It sets forth fundamental facts such as knot diagrams, braid representations, Seifert surfaces, tangles, and Alexander polynomials. It also covers more recent developments and special topics, such as chord diagrams and covering spaces. The author avoids advanced mathematical terminology and intricate techniques in algebraic topology and group theory. Numerous diagrams and exercises help readers understand and apply the theory. Each chapter includes a supplement with interesting historical and mathematical comments.
Synopsis
Introduces knot theory, providing insights into recent applications in DNA research and graph theory. The book offers fundamental facts about the theory, such as knot diagrams, braid representations, Seifert surfaces, tangles, and Alexander polynomials.
Table of Contents
Introduction.- Fundamental Concepts of Knot Theory.- Knot Tables.- Fundamental Problems of Knot Theory.- Classical Knot Invariants.- Seifert Matrices.- Invariants from the Seifert matrix.- Torus Knots.- Creating Manifolds from Knots.- Tangles and 2-Bridge Knots.- The Theory of Braids.- The Jones Revolution.- Knots via Statistical Mechanics.- Knot Theory in Molecular Biology.- Graph Theory Applied to Chemistry.- Vassiliev Invariants.- Appendix.- Notes.- Bibliograph.- Index.