Adam Clay

An Introduction To Classical Knot Theory

Date Monday, March 3, 2014

This talk will begin by introducing some of the basic constructions of knot theory, such as knot equivalence, knot diagrams, and Reidemeister moves. Following that, I’ll define what is meant by a knot invariant, and explain one of the earliest attempts at creating knot invariants (namely, colourability of a knot diagram) and its later generalization to an abstract algebraic object called a ‘quandle’.