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Braid Groups at undergraduate level

  1. Mar 16, 2012 #1
    In M.A. Armstrongs book "Groups and Symmetry" in Chapter 12 he introduces the reader to the fascinating topic of Braid Groups.

    Does anyone know of a book at undergraduate level (or even a popular book) that deals with Braid Groups

    Can you progress with Braid Groups if you lack a sophisticated knowledge of topology? That is, how far can you progress with a study of Braid Groups if you only have a good knowledge of abstract algebra?

    Peter
     
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  3. Mar 18, 2012 #2
    Well, I only know about the topology side of it. My adviser and Kassel wrote a book about braids, but it's more like beginning graduate-level:

    https://www.physicsforums.com/newreply.php?do=newreply&noquote=1&p=3819446 [Broken]

    I wouldn't recommend seriously studying braids without first doing some topology.

    However, if you just want to dip your toes in the subject, without needing to know topology, I highly recommend Baez's website:

    http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/braids.html
     
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  4. Mar 18, 2012 #3
    Thanks

    Recommended web site looks really interesting

    Peter
     
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