Mathematics & Computer Science

Seminars and Colloquia

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

04:20 pm - 05:20 pm

Topology Seminar

Kyle Hayden, Boston College From algebraic curves to ribbon disks and back Abstract: There is a rich, symbiotic relationship between knot theory and the study of algebraic curves in complex spaces. In particular, intersecting an algebraic curve in C^2 with a three-sphere of constant radius yields a knot or link that contains useful information about the algebraic curve. We'll look at a thirty-year-old conjecture about the relationship between different knots associated to the same algebraic curve. Using a simple construction, we'll show that the conjecture is false and that counterexamples are quite common.

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