Speaker: Kristen Hendricks, Michigan State University

Title: Classical and Modern Invariants of Knots

Date: 03/12/2019

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Place: C304 Wells Hall

We'll give a brief introduction to what knot theory is and why you might want to study it, and talk about some classical invariants of knots and what they detect. We'll then introduce a modern invariant called Heegaard Floer knot homology from the early 2000s, and talk about its properties and its relationship to classical invariants. This talk should be accessible to undergraduate students.