# Why Are Braids Orderable?

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*Patrick Dehornoy; Ivan Dynnikov; Dale Rolfsen; Bert Wiest*

A publication of the Société Mathématique de France

In the decade since the discovery that Artin's braid groups enjoy a
left-invariant linear ordering, several quite different approaches have been
applied to understand this phenomenon. This book is an account of those
approaches, involving self-distributive algebra, uniform finite trees,
combinatorial group theory, mapping class groups, laminations, and hyperbolic
geometry.

This volume is suitable for graduate students and research mathematicians
interested in algebra and topology.

A publication of the Société Mathématique de France, Marseilles (SMF), distributed by the AMS in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Orders from other countries should be sent to the SMF. Members of the SMF receive a 30% discount from list.

#### Readership

Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in algebra and topology.