What is ... the Alexander polynomial of a knot?

This page hosts information on Max Krause's talk "What is ... the Alexander polynomial of a knot?" at the "What is ...?" seminar. This talk will help you better understand the talk by András Stipsicz.

Where & When

  • Friday, November 30, 2018, 1.00pm @ at Urania

Abstract

  • In the 1920s, J. W. Alexander discovered the first polynomial invariant for knots. It would take several more decades for topologists to realize the full potential of this construction, which has inspired several similar invariants and now is a cornerstone of modern knot theory. In this talk we will see three different ways of calculating the Alexander polynomial, discuss the connections between them.
Topic revision: r1 - 27 Nov 2018, AndrasTobias
 
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