Knots and Feynman Diagrams

Knots and Feynman Diagrams

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This book provides an accessible and up-to-date introduction to how knot theory and Feynman diagrams can be used to illuminate problems in quantum field theory. Beginning with a summary of key ideas from perturbative quantum field theory and an introduction to the Hopf algebra structure of renormalization, early chapters discuss the rationality of ladder diagrams and simple link diagrams. The necessary basics of knot theory are then presented and the number-theoretic relationship between the topology of Feynman diagrams and knot theory is explored. Later chapters discuss four-term relations motivated by the discovery of Vassiliev invariants in knot theory and draw a link to algebraic structures recently observed in noncommutative geometry. Detailed references are included. Dealing with material at perhaps the most productive interface between mathematics and physics, the book will be of interest to theoretical and particle physicists, and more

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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 97 b/w illus. 8 tables
  • 1139244000
  • 9781139244008

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'... well structured and written.' Evelyn Weimar-Woods, Zentralblatt fur Mathematik 'This is a remarkable book of lecture notes that will fascinate theoretical physicists and pure mathematicians alike ... not only good reading ... recommended reading for anyone who wants to understand the subject properly.' The Mathematical Gazette 'In Knots and Feynman Diagrams, detective Dirk Kreimer recounts the unravelling of one of the great mysteries of modern physics.' Professor A. I. Solomon, Contemporary Physicsshow more

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1. Introduction; 2. Perturbative quantum field theory; 3. The Hopf algebra structure of renormalization; 4. Rationality: no knots, no transcendentals; 5. The simplest link diagrams; 6. Necessary topics from knot theory; 7. Knots to numbers; 8. One-loop words; 9. Euler-Zagier sums; 10. Knots and transcendentals; 11. The 4-term relation; 12. Hopf algebras, non-commutative geometry, and what else?show more

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