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Colorful Knots

Dr. Brandy Guntel

As a young knot theorist, you have the Reidemeister moves on your side when you're trying to tell if your two favorite knots are different. But you have been doing Reidemeister moves for the last two years, and you just don't know if that next Reidemeister move is the one that shows they're the same. One night while you're drawing knots, a big truck drives by and knocks over the three open cans of paint you keep on your desk. The paint seeps across your paper, and you realize that you need to color these knots, but you're just not sure how. In this talk, we will discuss a way for you to finally tell those knots are different.