Braid Groups at undergraduate level

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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?

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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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Thanks

Recommended web site looks really interesting

Peter
 

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