From the linking number to the Kontsevich Integral

04/23/2012 - 3:00pm
04/23/2012 - 4:00pm
Sam Nelson, Claremont McKenna College

The linking number is one of the historically first link invariants, discovered by Gauss himself and originally defined as an integral. In this talk we will see how another more recent (and far more powerful) integral invariant of knots and links, the Kontsevich integral, can be understood as a generalization of the Gaussian linking number.

Davidson Lecture Hall, Claremont McKenna College
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