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Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society

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On the origin and development of subfactors and quantum topology
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Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 46 (2009), 309-326 Request permission


We give an account of the beginning of subfactor theory and TQFT and some more recent developments.
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  • Vaughan Jones
  • Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720
  • MR Author ID: 95565
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  • Received by editor(s): November 12, 2008
  • Published electronically: January 28, 2009
  • Additional Notes: Supported by NSF under Grant No. DMS-0401734, Auckland University and the NZIMA
  • © Copyright 2009 American Mathematical Society
    The copyright for this article reverts to public domain 28 years after publication.
  • Journal: Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 46 (2009), 309-326
  • MSC (2000): Primary 46L37; Secondary 46L54
  • DOI:
  • MathSciNet review: 2476415