The Mathematics of Knots [F-20-7]

Presenter: Joel Foisy
Location: Zoom
Classes: 2 Sessions 1.5 hours
Dates: Thu 10:00 AM 10/01, 10/08

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Take a shoelace and fuse the ends together. You just made a mathematical knot. Mathematicians try to tell when two knots are different versus when they are really the same but look different. We’ll talk about how to show that the simplest non-trivial knot, the trefoil, is indeed knotted.

Joel Foisy has been a mathematics faculty member at SUNY Potsdam since 1996. He has spent many summers studying knot theory with student researchers. He has also introduced knot theory to many non-math majors in our Math 100 course.

Special Instructions: You will be emailed a Zoom invite a few days before the class starts. Click on the link in the invite to open your Zoom app.

Cap: 25

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