An introduction to the braid group.

Geometry Topology Student Seminar
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 14:00
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 006
 There are a number of ways to define the braid group. The traditional definition involves equivalence classes of braids, but it can also be defined in terms of mapping class groups, in terms of configuration spaces, or purely algebraically with an explicit presentation. My goal is to give an informal overview of this group and some of its subgroups, comparing and contrasting the various incarnations along the way.