By V. A. Vassiliev

This ebook reports a wide category of topological areas, a lot of which play a major function in differential and homotopy topology, algebraic geometry, and disaster concept. those contain areas of Morse and generalized Morse features, iterated loop areas of spheres, areas of braid teams, and areas of knots and hyperlinks. Vassiliev develops a basic procedure for the topological research of such areas. one of many critical effects here's a process of knot invariants extra robust than all recognized polynomial knot invariants. additionally, a deep relation among topology and complexity concept is used to acquire the easiest identified estimate for the numbers of branchings of algorithms for fixing polynomial equations. during this revision, Vassiliev has extra a piece at the fundamentals of the idea and class of adorns, details on functions of the topology of configuration areas to interpolation conception, and a precis of modern effects approximately finite-order knot invariants. experts in differential and homotopy topology and in complexity idea, in addition to physicists who paintings with string conception and Feynman diagrams, will locate this e-book an updated reference in this intriguing quarter of mathematics.

Readership: Physicists who paintings with string idea and Feynman diagrams, and experts in differential and homotopy topology and in complexity idea.

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Homomorphism from the symmetric group to the orthogonal group. 3 we can construct an m-dimensional vector bundle T(m) over R' (m) K (S (m) , 1) and over all spaces Ian (m) , with fiber over a collection C c ]Rn being the space of functions on its points. In the case n = oo this bundle coincides with the one induced by the trivial bundle over BO(m) via the right map of (5). THEOREM. The ith Stiefel- Whitney class of the bundle T (m) is equal to the sum of all cells corresponding to standard (n , m)-trees of depth 2 and codimension i.

P be a collection of standard trees. Place them on the same plane so that they do not intersect and the roots lie in the correct order on the line Lo , and then act on the strip 1-1[0, 1] by a transformation shrinking each line 1_1(,e) by 1 /e , so that all the roots get identified to one point. The resulting tree is denoted by {T1, ... , F'}. Obviously, the codimension of the cell corresponding to this tree is equal to the sum of codimensions of the cells corresponding to T1, ... , F'. For U E S(t) denote by c(T1, ...

THEOREM. The obstruction to the existence of a section of p;,;ri-1 is equal to the class of the element -b2) E X®(m-1)' Cm-1(®) in the quotient group Cm-1(e)/oCm_2(e). 1. In fact, under the obvious transn(m-I) ®(m-1) formation of coefficients ±Z the above obstruction is mapped into a generator, while for m = pk all elements of the subgroup ac m-2 (®) c Cm-1(®) are mapped to multiples of p (by formula (14) of Chapter I). 2 we will construct a section of co* m-1) over the complement to the cell a (m) .