Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society 1993; 101 pp; softcover Volume: 106 ISBN10: 0821825704 ISBN13: 9780821825709 List Price: US$36 Individual Members: US$21.60 Institutional Members: US$28.80 Order Code: MEMO/106/508
 This book presents a remarkable application of graph theory to knot theory. In knot theory, there are a number of easily defined geometric invariants that are extremely difficult to compute; the braid index of a knot or link is one example. The authors evaluate the braid index for many knots and links using the generalized Jones polynomial and the index of a graph, a new invariant introduced here. This invariant, which is determined algorithmically, is likely to be of particular interest to computer scientists. Readership Specialists and graduate students interested in combinatorial knot theory and/or graph theory. Table of Contents  Index of a graph
 Link theory
 Braid index of alternating links
 Appendix
 References
