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  Resources for algebraic topology in condensed matter physics

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I wanted to know if anyone had any good introductions on algebraic topology for the theoretical physicist? I am particularly interested in applications to condensed matter physics, but would be happy with any kind of resource -- all my friends and I can find are the more abstract mathematical textbooks and articles.

In terms of relevant background, I am looking for something that assumes basic knowledge of quantum theory, quantum field theory, solid state physics, group theory, abstract algebra, and real analysis.

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2016-11-10 22:29 (UTC), posted by SE-user Joshuah Heath
asked Nov 18, 2015 in Resources and References by Joshuah Heath (70 points) [ no revision ]
retagged Nov 10, 2016
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This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2016-11-10 22:29 (UTC), posted by SE-user Jake
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The books of Nakahara and Frenkel are two physicists' books that come to mind. Charles Kane himself recommended Nakahara very warmly to physicsts, saying he had studied all he knows about topology from that book.

Personally I prefer the simpler math books. One of which is Bredon's.

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2016-11-10 22:29 (UTC), posted by SE-user PPR
answered Mar 6, 2016 by PPR (135 points) [ no revision ]
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The book by Nakahara, as mentioned in its description, is intended for students of particle physics, gravitation & cosmology, and solid state physics. It covers algebraic topology in its first few chapters at a level that is relatively adequate for a physicist. The few knowledgeable people I asked recommended it as a good starting point for topology, and algebraic topology in particular.

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2016-11-10 22:30 (UTC), posted by SE-user Optimus Prime
answered Oct 23, 2016 by Optimus Prime (105 points) [ no revision ]

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