"No (Con)way!"

Geometry Topology Student Seminar
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 - 2:00pm for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 006
Daniel Hwang – Georgia Tech – dhwang48@gatech.edu
Sierra Knavel

 This talk is a summary of a summary. We will be going over Jen Hom's 2024 Levi L. Conant Prize Winning Article "Getting a handle on the Conway knot," which discusses Lisa Piccirillo's renowned 2020 paper proving the Conway knot is not slice. In this presentation, we will go over what it means for a knot to be slice, past attempts to classify the Conway knot with knot invariants, and Piccirillo's approach of constructing a knot with the same knot trace as the Conway knot. This talk is designed for all audiences and NO prior knowledge of topology or knot theory is required. Trust me, I'm (k)not a topologist.