The Department of Mathematics
"Fundamental Group, Braids and Circles"
with Dr. Pete Goetz,
Humboldt State University Mathematics
Topological Spaces are sets on which it makes sense to consider continuous functions. An incredibly useful and fruitful way of studying topological spaces is to associate to each space an algebraic structure. In this talk I will define one such structure, the fundamental group. I will discuss the extremely important braid group, the fundamental group of the configuration space of points in the complex plane. Finally, if time permits, I will mention some work in progress on an analogue of the braid group in which braids are replaced by "tubes" coming from the motion of unlinked circles. I plan on making this talk as non-technical as possible so that everyone should get something from it.
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