## Quantum Gravity Seminar - Spring 2001

#### John Baez

In this session of the Quantum Gravity Seminar,
we continued
delving into the subjects we began discussing
in the Fall 2000 and
Winter 2001 sessions: topological quantum field theory and diagrammatic
methods in algebra. This session concentrates on quantum groups, particularly
quantum SU(2), and their application to a topological quantum field theory
called the Turaev-Viro model, which describes Riemannian quantum gravity in
3 dimensions.
The notes were taken by
Alissa Crans, who has kindly scanned them in and created PDF files
from them:

Someday I will try to create lower-resolution files that are
quicker to download. I should also write something explaining what
each week's notes cover! Of course, if anyone else wants to do
this, I'll be eternally grateful, and my thanks will appear here.

For more, try the Fall 2001 notes!

baez@math.removethis.ucr.andthis.edu

© 2001 John Baez