By Akio Kawauchi

Knot concept is a speedily constructing box of analysis with many functions not just for arithmetic. the current quantity, written by means of a widely known professional, provides a whole survey of knot concept from its very beginnings to ultra-modern most up-to-date examine effects. the themes contain Alexander polynomials, Jones variety polynomials, and Vassiliev invariants. With its appendix containing many helpful tables and a longer checklist of references with over 3,500 entries it truly is an essential e-book for everybody fascinated about knot conception. The e-book can function an creation to the sphere for complex undergraduate and graduate scholars. additionally researchers operating in outdoor components resembling theoretical physics or molecular biology will take advantage of this thorough research that's complemented via many workouts and examples.

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We say that two oriented simple loops in the plane are coherent if they have the same rotation number. Let Si and Sk be two Seifert circles in the system of Seifert circles of a link diagram D. Assume that Sk is inside Si and their orientations are not coherent. 10. 11). 2 BRAID PRESENTATIONS Fig. 12). This new circle may intersect some connecting arcs. 13. 14. 15. This deformation of the system of Seifert circles is called a concentric deformation of type I. Fig. 10 Fig. 13 Fig. 11 Fig. 14 Fig.

And vi(i = 1,2) of KnB~ are the overbridges and the underbridges of K, respectively. We assume that K meets 52 in four points A, B, C, and D, where the initial point and the terminal point of Wi are A and B, respectively, the initial point and the terminal point of W2 are C and D, respectively, the initial point of Vi is B, and the initial point of V2 is D. e. geodesic) lines in 52, and each of the under bridges p( Vi) and p( V2) intersects the overbridges transversally and alternately. 1. Thus Band D are numbered 0, and A and C are numbered a.

3 The minimal number of Seifert circles of all diagrams of a given link is equal to the braid index of the link. 4 Show that there are infinitely many link types of braid index 2. Next, we discuss a necessary and sufficient condition for two closed braids to belong to the same link type. Let Bn be the n-string braid group. For any two integers m, n with m < n, we consider that Bm C Bn by identifying each generator lTi E Bm with lTi E Bn (i = 1, ... , m - 1). Set B = {(b,n) I bE Bn,n = 1,2,3, ...