Knots, Braids, and Mapping Class Groups--Papers Dedicated to Joan S. Birman: Proceedings of a Conference in Low Dimensional Topology in Honor of Joan...(Ams/Ip Studies in Advanced Mathematics) [Paperback]
by Birman, Joan S.; Gilman, Jane; Menasco, William W. And Lin, Xiao-Song
Knots, Braids, and Mapping Class Groups--Papers Dedicated to Joan S. Birman: Proceedings of a Conference on Low Dimensional Topology in Honor of Joan S. Birman's 70th Birthday, March 14-15, 1998, Columbia University, New York, New York
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New. Brand new. We distribute directly for the publisher. There are a number of specialties in low-dimensional topology that can find in their "family tree" a common ancestry in the theory of surface mappings. These include knot theory as studied through the use of braid representations and 3-manifolds as studied through the use of Heegaard splittings. The study of the surface mapping class group (the modular group) is of course a rich subject in its own right, with relations to many different fields of mathematics and theoretical physics. But its most direct and remarkable manifestation is probably in the vast area of low-dimensional topology. Although the scene of this area has been changed dramatically and experienced significant expansion since the original publication of Professor Joan Birman's seminal work, Braids, Links, and Mapping Class Groups (Princeton University Press), she brought together mathematicians whose research span many specialties, all of common lineage.
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