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This book, written by a mathematician known for his own work on knot theory, is a clear, concise, and engaging introduction to this complicated subject. A guide to the basic ideas and applications of knot theory, Knots takes us from Lord Kelvin's early - and mistaken - idea of using the knot to model the atom, almost a century and a half ago, to the central problem confronting knot theorists today: distinguishing among various knots, classifying them, and finding a straightforward and general way of determining whether two knots - treated as mathematical objects - are equal.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674013810
ISBN-10: 0674013816
Format: Paperback
(176mm x 128mm x 13mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 16-Jul-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Alexei Sossinsky

Alexei Sossinsky is Professor of Mathematics, University of Moscow.