Monday, March 16, 2015,
Davis Science Building / 301 Classroom

Karene Chu
MIT

A knot is a circle embedded in three-dimensional space. A Lie algebra is a vector space with a product on it that behaves like the commutator bracket for matrices: [A,B] := AB-BA. We will explain how the space of all knots gives rise to a space which is related to all finite-dimensional metrized Lie algebras at the same time. The precise statement is called the fundamental theorem of finite-type invariants of knots.


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