- Series
- Stelson Lecture Series
- Time
- Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 4:35pm for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
- Location
- Clary Theater, Student Success Center
- Speaker
- Vaughan Jones – University of Vanderbilt – vfr@math.berkeley.edu – http://math.berkeley.edu/~vfr/
- Organizer
- Stavros Garoufalidis

We will see how a result in von Neumann algebras (a theory developed by von Neumann to give themathematical framework for quantum physics) gave rise, rather serendipitously, to an elementary but very usefulinvariant in the theory of ordinary knots in threel space. Then we'll look at some subsequent developments of the theory, and talk about a thorny problem which remains open.