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Knot Theory

Knot Theory

Wake Forest University, June 24-28

Organized and Presented by: Colin Adams, Williams College

Knot theory is a great topic for exciting students about mathematics. It is visual and hands on. Students can begin working on problems the first day with their shoelaces. Knot theory is also an incredibly active field. There is a tremendous amount of work going on currently, and one can easily state open problems. It also has important applications to chemistry, biochemistry and physics. This workshop is aimed at college and university teachers who are interested in knowing more about knot theory. There is no assumption of previous background in the field, however a familiarity with basic topology will help. The goals of the workshop are as follows:

1. Participants will be able to teach an undergraduate course in knot theory.
2. Participants will be able to do research in knot theory.
3. Participants will be able to direct student research in knot theory.

Each day will be divided into a morning session when we learn about specific topics in knot theory and an afternoon session, when we conjecture wildly, throw around ideas, and do original research.

Information about the workshop presenter:

Colin Adams is the Francis C. Oakley Third Century Professor of Mathematics at Williams College. He wrote "The Knot Book: an Elementary Intorduction to the Mathematical Theory of Knots" and has taught an undergraduate course on knot theory many times. He has published over 30 articles on knot theory and related subjects. He has directed over 40 undergraduate students on research in knot theory and co-authored papers with a total of 33 different undergraduates. Adams received the Haimo Distinguished Teaching Award of the MAA in 1998, was a Polya Lecturer for the MAA 1998-2000, and is currently a Sigma Xi Lecturer.

Room and board provided by the NSF grant for all participants. Only cost is transportation to and from Wake Forest University.

Applicants will be considered as applications are received, until all slots are filled.

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