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## Series on Knots and Everything - Vol. 1: Knots and Physics, Third Edition (Softcover)"The book is divided into two parts: Part I is a systematic course on knots and physics starting from the ground up, and Part II is a set of lectures on various topics related to Part I. Part II includes topics such as frictional properties of knots, relations with combinatorics, and knots in dynamical systems." — From the back cover ## $49.99 |

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From the back cover: “This invaluable book is an introduction to knot and link invariants as generatised amplitudes for a quasi-physical process. The demands of knot theory, coupled with a quantum-statistical framework, create a context that naturally and powerfully includes an extraordinary range of interrelated topics in topology and mathematical physics. The author takes a primarily combinatorial stance toward knot theory and its relations with these subjects. This stance has the advantage of providing direct access to the algebra and to the combinatorial topology, as well as physical ideas. …

“In this third edition, a paper by the author entitled ‘Knot Theory and Functional Integration’ has been added. This paper shows how the Kontsevich integral approach to the Vassiliev invariants is directly related to the perturbative expansion of Witten’s functional integral. While the book supplies the background, this paper can be read interdependently as an introduction to quantum field theory and knot invariants and their relation to quantum gravity. As in the second edition there is a selection of papers by the author at the end of the book. Numerous clarifying remarks have been added to the book.”

**BRIEF CONTENTS**

- Preface to the First Edition
- Preface to the Second Edition
- Preface to the Third Edition

**PART I. A Short Course of Knots and Physics**

- Physical Knots
- Diagrams and Moves
- States and the Bracket Polynomial
- Alternating Links and Checkerboard Surfaces
- The Jones Polynomial and its Generalizations
- An Oriented State Model for
*V*(_{K}*t*) - Braids and the Jones Polynomial
- Abstract Tensors and the Yang-Baxter Equation
- Formal Feynman Diagrams, Bracket as a Vacuum-Vacuum Expectation and the Quantum Group
*SL*(2)*q* - The Form of the Universal
*R*-matrix - Yang-Baxter Models for Specializations of the Homfly Polynomial
- The Alexander Polynomial
- Knot-Crystals – Classical Knot Theory in a Modern Guise
- The Kauffman Polynomial
- Oriented Models and Piecewise Linear Models
- Three Manifold Invariants from the Jones Polynomial
- Integral Heuristics and Witten’s Invariants
- Appendix – Solutions to the Yang-Baxter Equation

**PART II. Knots and Physics – Miscellany**

- Theory of Hitches
- The Rubber Band and Twisted Tube
- On a Crossing
- Slide Equivalence
- Unoriented Diagrams and Linking Numbers
- The Penrose Chromatic Recursive
- the Chromatic Polynomial
- The Potts Model and the Dichromatic Polynomial
- Preliminaries for Quantum Mechanics, Spin Networks and Angular Momentum
- Quaternions, Cayley Numbers and the Belt Trick
- The Quaternion Demonstrator
- The Penrose Theory of Spin Networks
*Q*-Spin Networks and the Magic Weave- Knots and Strings – Knotted Strings
- DNA and Quantum Field Theory
- Knots in Dynamical Systems – The Lorenz Attractor

**End Matter**

- Coda
- References
- Index

**Appendix**

- Introduction
- Gauss Codes, Quantum Groups and Ribbon Hopf Algebras
- Spin Networks, Topology and Discrete Physics
- Link Polynomials and a Graphical Calculus
- Link Polynomials and a Graphical Calculus (
*with P. Vogel*) - Knots, Tangles, and Electrical Networks (
*with J. R. Goldman*) - Knot Theory and Functional Integration

## Details

- SKU:
- 1840
- Author:
- Kauffman, Louis H.
- Publisher:
- World Scientific
- Publish Date:
- 2000
- Format:
- Softcover
- Weight (pounds):
- 2.28
- Dimensions (W”xL”xH”):
- 6″x8.5″x1.7″
- ISBN-13:
- 9789810241124
- ISBN-10:
- 9810241127

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