Stephen Bigelow

[c64 picture of me]

My research is in topology, especially "diagrammatic algebra". You can find my papers on the arxiv, and can look at my cv and other job related things. I almost always go to the topology and quantum topology seminars. I am on the committee for UCSB reads.

Ancient history

Here is a syllabus for Math 4A that I taught in Fall 2014. (People still ask me for a copy sometimes.)

In Winter 2016 I gave a talk at a conference in Iowa.

Once upon a time I wrote a c program to search for an element of the kernel of Burau4 — it is poorly commented and not maintained. I also wrote a description of braid groups for non-experts.


I live in Santa Barbara with Morgan, Romeo, and Zoë. I like to make little toy web apps, for example: a clock, a text adventure game, and a minimalist message board.

Here is a page of links.

Here is a picture of strawberries.