Louis Kauffman

American mathematician

Louis Hirsch Kauffman (born February 3, 1945) is an American mathematician, topologist, and professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is known for the introduction and development of the bracket polynomial and the Kauffman polynomial.

Louis Kauffman in 2012


  • Heinz performs the magic trick of convincing us that the familiar objects of our existence can be seen to be nothing more than tokens for the behaviors of the organism that apparently create stable forms. These stabilities persist, for that organism, as an observing system. This is not to deny an underlying reality that is the source of objects, but rather to emphasize the role of process, and the role of the organism in the production of a living map, a map that is so sensitive that map and territory are conjoined.
    • Louis H. Kauffman, "EigenForm." Kybernetes 34.1/2 (2005): 129-150.
  • Cybernetics is the study of systems and processes that interact with themselves and produce themselves from themselves.
    • Louis Kauffman (2007) CYBCON discussion group, 20 September 2007: 18-15; as cited in: Andrzej Targowski (2011), Cognitive Informatics and Wisdom Development, p. 68
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