Braids: A Mathematics Documentary

Ester Dalvit
Proceedings of Bridges 2013: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2013)
Pages 415–418 Short Papers


We present a mathematical documentary about braid theory realized with computer generated animations. Braid theory is an example of a deep mathematical subject that involves different areas (mainly topology and group theory), has various applications and is a very active research subject. Many notions can be introduced in an informal and visual way: this makes braids significant also from the viewpoint of popularization since artistic and aesthetic issues are crucial for the communication with the general public. Our documentary is available under a Creative Commons licence at