Department of Mathematics

Student GAUSS Seminar

  •  Joe Melby
  •  The Figure Eight Knot (The Friendliest Knot)
  •  03/26/2021
  •  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  •   (Virtual Meeting Link)
  •  Keshav Sutrave (

Even on its laziest days, the figure-eight knot keeps climbers from falling and a boat's sails in place better than the measly trefoil overhand knot (totally inferior knot). Does the figure-eight save lives? Many would say so. We will discuss the topology and geometry of this life-saving knot, which is the unique 4-crossing and the simplest hyperbolic knot. Our friend the figure-eight knot will guide us as we introduce some important classical concepts and techniques in the fields of knot theory and low-dimensional topology. This is a BYOR (Bring Your Own Rope) event due to COVID-19.



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