To be or knot to be

Speaker: T.V.H. Prathamesh

Date: 10 March, 2015 (Tuesday)

Time: 09:15 pm – 10:15 pm

Venue: Lecture Hall I, Department of Mathematics

 

Abstract:
This talk attempts to introduce and survey some of the interesting results in knot theory. Knots are closed loops in a 3 dimensional space. Knot theory, as a discipline, goes back to the 19th century when knots were used as a model to study atoms. Today, it is an important area in topology, with deep connections to areas ranging from operator theory to real algebraic geometry.
  We will introduce basic definitions and further go on to sketch various attempts that are made to distinguish a knotted loop from an unknotted loop.  We will describe some of the important invariants and, if time permits, discuss some of the applications of knot theory to statistical physics and biology.
Area: Knot Theory & Topology
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