The subject of knot polynomials has grown by leaps and bounds, with contributions from mathematicians and physicists. This book has its origins in two short courses given by the author in Italy in 1985. The first part is combinatorial, elementary, devoted to the bracket polynomial as state model, partition function, vacuum-vacuum amplitude, Yang-Baxter model. The bracket also provides an entry point into the subject of quantum groups, and it is the beginning of a significant generalization of the Penrose spin-networks. Part II is an exposition of a set of related topics, and provides room for recent developments. Paper edition (unseen), $28. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, ORThe subject of knot polynomials has grown by leaps and bounds, with contributions from mathematicians and physicists. This book has its origins in two short courses given by the author in Italy in 1985.

Title | : | Knots and Physics |

Author | : | Louis H. Kauffman |

Publisher | : | World Scientific - 1991 |

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