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Low-Dimensional Topology and Quantum Field Theory

  • Hugh Osborn

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 315)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. G. Felder, O. Grandjean
    Pages 31-50
  3. P. Di Francesco
    Pages 73-84
  4. Werner Nahm
    Pages 95-98
  5. J. Sonnenschein
    Pages 109-122
  6. P. Furlan, A. Ch. Ganchev, R. Paunov, V. B. Petkova
    Pages 131-141
  7. Tohru Eguchi, Hiroaki Kanno, Sung-Kil Yang
    Pages 159-167
  8. Farhad Ardalan
    Pages 177-181
  9. Bruce W. Westbury
    Pages 193-201
  10. J. Harnad, C. A. Tracy, H. Widom
    Pages 231-245
  11. G. Papadopoulos, B. Spence
    Pages 261-267
  12. G. Giavarini, C. P. Martin, F. Ruiz Ruiz
    Pages 269-278
  13. Lisa C. Jeffrey, Jonathan Weitsman
    Pages 317-322
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 323-324

About this book

Introduction

The motivations, goals and general culture of theoretical physics and mathematics are different. Most practitioners of either discipline have no necessity for most of the time to keep abreast of the latest developments in the other. However on occasion newly developed mathematical concepts become relevant in theoretical physics and the less rigorous theoretical physics framework may prove valuable in understanding and suggesting new theorems and approaches in pure mathematics. Such interdis­ ciplinary successes invariably cause much rejoicing, as over a prodigal son returned. In recent years the framework provided by quantum field theory and functional in­ tegrals, developed over half a century in theoretical physics, have proved a fertile soil for developments in low dimensional topology and especially knot theory. Given this background it was particularly pleasing that NATO was able to generously sup­ port an Advanced Research Workshop to be held in Cambridge, England from 6th to 12th September 1992 with the title Low Dimensional Topology and Quantum Field Theory. Although independently organised this overlapped as far as some speak­ ers were concerned with a longer term programme with the same title organised by Professor M Green, Professor E Corrigan and Dr R Lickorish. The contents of this proceedings of the workshop demonstrate the breadth of topics now of interest on the interface between theoretical physics and mathematics as well as the sophistication of the mathematical tools required in current theoretical physics.

Keywords

Algebra Finite Identity Invariant Manifold Topology equation geometry

Editors and affiliations

  • Hugh Osborn
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CambridgeCambridgeUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-1612-9
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-1614-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-1612-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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