Big Problems in Splicing Knots

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 1:00pm to 1:45pm

Bronfman Science Center, 105 18 Hoxsey St, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA

Big Problems in Splicing KnotsRyan Blair, University of Pennsylvania
Mathematics and Statistics Department Colloquium

Abstract: Knots are closed loops in 3-space that can be spliced together via the operation of connected sum. Some of the oldest unsolved questions in knot theory ask how certain topological and geometric quantities behave with respect to connected sum. We will investigate these questions and discuss recent progress.

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