Handbook of Knot Theory

Handbook of Knot Theory

1st Edition - August 2, 2005

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  • Editors: William Menasco, Morwen Thistlethwaite
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444514523
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080459547

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This book is a survey of current topics in the mathematical theory of knots. For a mathematician, a knot is a closed loop in 3-dimensional space: imagine knotting an extension cord and then closing it up by inserting its plug into its outlet. Knot theory is of central importance in pure and applied mathematics, as it stands at a crossroads of topology, combinatorics, algebra, mathematical physics and biochemistry.

Key Features

* Survey of mathematical knot theory
* Articles by leading world authorities
* Clear exposition, not over-technical
* Accessible to readers with undergraduate background in mathematics


Professional mathematicians, Physicists and lay people with a flair for mathematics

Table of Contents

  • Hyperbolic Knots - Colin Adams
    Braids: A Survey - Joan S. Birman and Tara E. Brendle
    Legendrian and Transversal Knots - John B. Etnyre
    Knot Spinning - Greg Friedman
    The Enumeration and Classification of Knots and Links - Jim Hoste
    Knot Diagrammatics - Louis H. Kauffman
    A Survey of Classical Knot Concordance - Charles Livingston
    Knot Theory of Complex Plane Curves - Lee Rudolph
    Thin Position in the Theory of Classical Knots - Martin Scharlemann
    Computation of Hyperbolic Structures in Knot Theory - Jeff Weeks

Product details

  • No. of pages: 502
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2005
  • Published: August 2, 2005
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444514523
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080459547

About the Editors

William Menasco

Affiliations and Expertise

University at Buffalo, New York, USA

Morwen Thistlethwaite

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

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