GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES
COLLOQUIUM
SEPTEMBER 9, 2016


Speaker: Swatee Naik, University of Nevada, Reno

Title: Symmetries of Knots

Abstract: Spaces that locally look like the three-dimensional world we live in are called three dimensional manifolds. Knotted circles are closely related to such spaces, and properties of knots can be reflected in related properties of manifolds. In this talk we will discuss knots, three and four dimensional manifolds, and a cyclic symmetry known as periodicity. We will introduce invariants that arise from topology and algebra and show how they provide obstructions to knot periodicity.

Time: Friday, September 9, 2016, 3:30-4:20 p.m.

Place: Exploratory Hall, room 4106

Refreshments will be served at 3:00 p.m.

Department of Mathematical Sciences
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 3F2
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
http://math.gmu.edu/
Tel. 703-993-1460, Fax. 703-993-1491