34 KAM Mathematical Colloquium
Prof. LOUIS H. KAUFFMAN
University of Illinois at Chicago
INTRODUCTION TO QUANTUM LINK INVARIANTS
March 16, 1999
Lecture Room S6, Charles University, Malostranske nam. 25,
This talk will construct invariants of knots and links by the method
of state summation -- an analog to partition functions in statistical
mechanics and also an analog to the coloring and Tutte polynomials in graph
theory. In particular, we discuss the bracket polynomial model of the Jones
polynomial and generalizations of this idea. We discuss how naturally these
models fit into the context of quantum amplitudes and explain some of the
fascinating relationships of knots and statistical mechanics.
This colloquium is organized by KAM jointly with DIMATIA.