Introduction to Diagrammatic Algebra

Graduate/faculty Seminar

Dmitry Vagner

Monday, October 16, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
119 Physics

We show how algebraic relations can be encoded in suggestive topological diagrams and use this to prove various algebraic equations in a purely pictorial way. We will first go over a few canonical examples: monoids, self-dual objects, Frobenius algebras, and monads. Then we will briefly discuss the underlying theory that makes this miracle rigorous.

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