By Richard H. Crowell

Knot idea is one of those geometry, and one whose allure is particularly direct as the items studied are perceivable and tangible in daily actual house. it's a assembly floor of such assorted branches of arithmetic as staff thought, matrix conception, quantity conception, algebraic geometry, and differential geometry, to call a few of the extra widespread ones. It had its origins within the mathematical idea of electrical energy and in primitive atomic physics, and there are tricks this day of recent purposes in convinced branches of chemistryJ The outlines of the fashionable topological conception have been labored out by way of Dehn, Alexander, Reidemeister, and Seifert nearly thirty years in the past. As a subfield of topology, knot conception varieties the center of a variety of difficulties facing the placement of 1 manifold imbedded inside one other. This e-book, that's an elaboration of a chain of lectures given by way of Fox at Haverford collage whereas a Philips customer there within the spring of 1956, is an try to make the topic available to all people. basically it's a textual content e-book for a direction on the junior-senior point, yet we think that it may be used with revenue additionally by way of graduate scholars. as the algebra required isn't the customary commutative algebra, a disproportionate volume of the booklet is given over to beneficial algebraic preliminaries.

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The group [G,G] generated by the commutators of G is ipso facto contained in their consequence; hence 0' is well-defined by O'crg = 8g, g EG. The uniqueness of 8' follows trivially. Notice that since [G,G] is a normal subgroup of G it actually equals the consequence of the commutators of G. 4) Any homom01phism of a group into an abelian group can be factored through the commutator quotient g'roup. 5) If a group G is generated by gl' g2' ... , then its commutator subgTOup [G,G] is the consequence of the commutators [gi,g;J, i, j = 1, 2, ....

Denote by 4>' the induced mapping of d into H. Extend 4>' to a homomorphism into H of the semi-group W(d) of words by defining 4>'(a mbn ••• ) = (4)'(a))m(4>'(b))n . , and observe that if u '" v then 4>'(u) = 4>'(v). It follows that 4>' induces a homomorphism of F[d] into H. This homomorphism is clearly an extension of the function 4>: Cd] ->- H; thus Cd] is a free basis of F[d]. If now G is any group that is mapped onto F[d] by an isomorphism A, then E = A-l[d] is obviously a free basis of G, so that G must be a free group.

IX = (IX-I. {31 • IX) . (IX-I. {32 . IX). So the mapping is a homomorphism. Next, suppose IX-I. {3' IX = 1 (= e). Then, {3 = IX' IX-I. {3 . IX . IX-I = IX' IX-I = 1, and we may conclude that the assignment is an isomorphism. Finally, for any y in 7T(X,p'), IX' Y . IX-I E 7T(X,p). Obviously, Thus the mapping is onto, and the proof is complete. This definition should be contrasted with that of connectedness. A topological space is connected if it is not the union of two disjoint nonempty open sets.