**Disclaimer.** Everything on this page remains tentative until
it had happenned. The Evil Virus situation may force us to make last
minute changes to anything.

**Agenda.** Find a poly-time-computable strong knot invariant
with good algebraic properties.

**Abstract.** The destination will be "a poly-time computable strong
knot invariant with good algebraic properties". But you will be taking
the course for the journey, not for the destination: What are knots and
what are some of the problems around them? Why care about "invariants with
good algebraic properties"? What is the "Yang-Baxter equation"? What are
"virtual tangles"? What are "Hopf algebras"? Why would a topologist care
about computations in Heisenberg algebras more than most physicists? How
does Gaussian integration, and how do Feynman diagrams, arise in pure
algebra? What is the "Drinfel'd Double Procedure"? Are we there yet?

The professor for this class does not believe anything that he does unless it is coded and the code runs. A useful life skill you will learn here is that even the incredibly abstract can become a computer program, often with no loss to its beauty.

Even more details are here.

**Instructor.** Dror Bar-Natan, drorbn@math.toronto.edu
(for course administration matters only; math on email is
slow and prone to misunderstandings, so I generally
avoid it). Office: Bahen 6178.

**Classes.** Mondays and Wednesdays at 3-4PM and Fridays at 1-2PM, at Bahen 6178. A complete video record will be available here, at a few hours delay.

**Office Hours.** Tuesdays at 9:30-10:30 at Bahen 6178 and online
at http://drorbn.net/vchat.

**Texts.** No "course text"! But maybe one day I will write a text following this course...

# | Week of ... | |

1 | September 6 |
UofT graduate classes begin on Thursday September 9 and our first class is on
Friday September 10.
Handout: Some Non Obvious Examples. Handout: A Knot Zoo. Handout: Tentative Plan. Handout: About This Class. Friday: Course Introduction. Videos: @dbnvp, @YouTube. |

2 | September 13 |
Monday: What are knots? And a word about the Kauffman bracket. Videos: @dbnvp, @YouTube.
Wednesday: The Jones polynomial and implementation. Videos: @dbnvp, @YouTube. Mathematica session: pdf, nb. Homework Assignment 1. Friday: A faster Jones program. Videos: @dbnvp, @YouTube. Mathematica session 1: pdf, nb. Mathematica session 2: pdf, nb. |

3 | September 20 |
Monday: Tangles and planar algebras. Videos: @dbnvp, @YouTube.
Link: On Beyond Zebra!. Wednesday: Genus, the ribbon property. Videos: @dbnvp, @YouTube. Handout: Knots and Surfaces. |

4 | September 27 | |

5 | October 4 | |

6 | October 11 | Monday is Thanksgiving; no class. |

7 | October 18 | |

8 | October 25 | |

9 | November 1 | |

R | November 8 | Undergraduate Reading Week - no classes. |

10 | November 15 | |

11 | November 22 | |

12 | November 29 | |

13 | December 6 | We may hold an extra class on Thursday at 3PM! |

**Further resources:**

- The University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies Calendar.
- SGS Evil Virus Info.
- Previous knot theory classes that I've given: 273a - Knot Theory as an Excuse (Harvard, 1994), 273b - Knot Theory as an Excuse (Harvard, 1995), Seminar on Knots and Lie Algebras (Jerusalem, 1997), Three Dimensional Manifolds (Jerusalem, 1998), Knot Theory (Jerusalem, 2001), Knots and Feynman Diagrams (Jerusalem, 2001), Seminar on Knot Theory (Jerusalem, 2002), 1350F - Knot Theory (Toronto, 2003), 1350F - Algebraic Knot Theory (Toronto, 2006), 1352S - Algebraic Knot Theory, (Toronto, 2007), 1350F - Algebraic Knot Theory, (Toronto, 2009), The wClips Seminar, (Toronto, 2012), (u, v, and w knots) x (topology, combinatorics, low algebra, and high algebra), (Aarhus, 2013), 1350S - Algebraic Knot Theory, (Toronto, 2014), 1350S - Algebraic Knot Theory - Poly-Time Computations, (Toronto, 2017), 1350F - Topics in Knot Theory, (Toronto, 2020).
- My 21-1350 Pensieve Folder.
- The source files used to create this page: sources.zip.