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AMS Chelsea Publishing 1976; 439 pp; hardcover Volume: 346 ISBN10: 0821834363 ISBN13: 9780821834367 List Price: US$61 Member Price: US$54.90 Order Code: CHEL/346.H See also: The Shoelace Book: A Mathematical Guide to the Best (and Worst) Ways to Lace Your Shoes  Burkard Polster The Knot Book: An Elementary Introduction to the Mathematical Theory of Knots  Colin C Adams Applications of Knot Theory  Dorothy Buck and Erica Flapan  Rolfsen's beautiful book on knots and links can be read by anyone, from beginner to expert, who wants to learn about knot theory. Beginners find an inviting introduction to the elements of topology, emphasizing the tools needed for understanding knots, the fundamental group and van Kampen's theorem, for example, which are then applied to concrete problems, such as computing knot groups. For experts, Rolfsen explains advanced topics, such as the connections between knot theory and surgery and how they are useful to understanding threemanifolds. Besides providing a guide to understanding knot theory, the book offers "practical" training. After reading it, you will be able to do many things: compute presentations of knot groups, Alexander polynomials, and other invariants; perform surgery on threemanifolds; and visualize knots and their complements. It is characterized by its handson approach and emphasis on a visual, geometric understanding. Rolfsen offers invaluable insight and strikes a perfect balance between giving technical details and offering informal explanations. The illustrations are superb, and a wealth of examples are included. Now back in print by the AMS, the book is still a standard reference in knot theory. It is written in a remarkable style that makes it useful for both beginners and researchers. Particularly noteworthy is the table of knots and links at the end. This volume is an excellent introduction to the topic and is suitable as a textbook for a course in knot theory or 3manifolds. Other key books of interest on this topic available from the AMS are The Shoelace Book: A Mathematical Guide to the Best (and Worst) Ways to Lace your Shoes and The Knot Book. Readership Advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and research mathematicians interested in knot theory and its applications to lowdimensional topology. Table of Contents



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