Mathematics Colloquium: "Knots, Links, and Bottles: Pure Math with a Twist"

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Dr. Jennifer Bowen, associate professor at The College of Wooster, was the guest speaker at a colloquium hosted by the Mathematics and Computer Science Department on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, in Hoyt 152.  Dr. Bowen's topic was "Knots, Links, and Bottles: Pure Math with a Twist."
Dr. Bowen has a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from Boston College and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Virginia.  She taught at Hobart and William Smith Colleges before earning tenure at The College of Wooster.  This talk explored research done by Wooster undergraduates under Dr. Bowen's supervision.
Abstract: Torus knots are a commonly studied class in knot theory. A torus knot that wraps m times around the longitude of the torus and n times around the meridian of the torus is called the (m,n)-torus knot. We will discuss undergraduate findings and results from reorienting the rectangular representation of the (m,n)-torus knot to form a related link on a Klein bottle. We have termed the result Klein links.

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Dr. Pamela Richardson and Dr. Jennifer Bowen