UIC Graduate Student Seminar

Friday February 2, Friday February 9
3:00 pm
636 SEO
Speaker: Lou Kauffman
Title: Knot Theory, Physics and Natural Science
Abstract: These talks will discuss how the search for topological invariants of knots in three dimensional space has led to a remarkable set of relationships with the methods and ideas of statistical and quantum physics. In the first talk we will introduce some basic knot theory and show how it is connected with electricity and statistical mechanics. In the second talk we'll advance to quantum field theory. In between we will find out how knot theory is applied to study DNA.