Quantum Gravity Seminar - Fall 2004

Gauge Theory and Topology

John Baez and Derek Wise

In the 2004-2005 academic year, our seminar is about gauge theory and topology. To lay the background, we started with a short history of n-categories in physics, following a course John taught this summer at Cambridge University. Together with Aaron Lauda, he is turning this course into a paper, and you can see a draft here: You might also like to review some definitions leading up to the concept of "topological quantum field theory":

Derek Wise is writing notes for the seminar:

For more, go on to the Winter 2005 notes!

If you discover any errors in the course notes please email John, and we'll try to correct them. We'll keep a list of errors that haven't been fixed yet.

You can also download TeX or LaTeX files of the category theory definitions, homework problems and solutions, if for some bizarre reason you want them. However, the authors keep all rights to this work, except when stated otherwise.

© 2004 John Baez and Derek Wise