Thursday, October 1st, 2020

“Not a Normal Math Talk” at 12:30 on 10/1 via Zoom

https://bucknell.zoom.us/j/95413936042 Student Colloquium Talk by Professor Michael Reeks. Abstract: Anyone who has ever shoved a pair of headphones in their pocket knows about the following general principle of the universe:”Any flexible strand will tie itself in knots as soon as it’s given the opportunity.” As such, knots are ubiquitous in nature and art: – DNA strands, so often pictured as tidy helices, actually spend most of their time hopelessly knotted;– the way in which proteins interact and function depends heavily on the way they are folded, or knotted, together;– and some of the oldest known art is based on complex […]

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