By J Scott Carter

The purpose of this ebook is to provide as specified an outline as is feasible of 1 of the main appealing and intricate examples in low-dimensional topology. this instance is a gateway to a brand new notion of upper dimensional algebra within which diagrams substitute algebraic expressions and relationships among diagrams characterize algebraic family. The reader may well learn the alterations within the illustrations in a leisurely model; or with scrutiny, the reader becomes standard and enhance a facility for those diagrammatic computations. The textual content describes the basic topological rules via metaphors which are skilled in lifestyle: shadows, the human shape, the intersections among partitions, and the creases in a blouse or a couple of trousers. Mathematically educated reader will enjoy the casual advent of rules. This quantity also will attract scientifically literate people who savor mathematical attractiveness.

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To fully describe the notion of a movie, the notion of critical level is given a precise definition, and a taxonomy of the types of critical points is necessary. In ordinary usage, a critical point means a time or a place at which a decision is made or a change is happening. The ordinary usage parallels the technical usage in which a critical point is a point at which a function changes directions or a point at which a derivative vanishes. Each immersed September 7, 2011 10:37 World Scientific Book - 9in x 6in Movies Carter˙Red˙to˙Blue 31 sphere is projected to the plane of the page, and the page has a notion of height defined upon it.

Among these names, the name ψ-move is the most precise: The critical level from one perspective resembles the letter ψ. However in the projection, the fold lines and the double points appear to become tangent. So the two sets appear to touch and bounce off each other. ” Words and terms sometimes acquire power beyond their chosen context, and it becomes difficult to disassociate the word from the idea. I know full well that the double point moves through the critical point, but my inner voice always calls this a bounce.

The color of a cusp is the color of the fold that is visible. Cusps are isolated among themselves, but are the points at which two folds converge. At a particular time, the cusp set is a collection of isolated points, and as the sphere moves in time, the cusps form a 1-dimensional set. September 7, 2011 26 10:37 World Scientific Book - 9in x 6in Carter˙Red˙to˙Blue An Excursion in Diagrammatic Algebra Fig. 6 illustrates an immersed sphere that is one of the steps of the eversion. The figure demonstrates a red fold, a red cusp, a double point arc, and a triple point by enclosing these in green squares.

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