Lecture on Knots and the Four-Color Theorem

Posted on: October 20th, 2012 by Aaron Lauve

Can you (re)color this map using only four colors? (A famous theorem says you can should be able to.)

Are these two knots the same? (What does that even mean?)

Monday, October 22nd

In the Undergraduate Colloquium Series in the Mathematical Sciences, speakers connect mathematics and statistics to a variety of disciplines within the college and beyond. Last year, the series saw lectures on tsunamis, virus outbreaks, music, satellite communication, and more. So far this year, we’ve learned about two new trends in statistical analysis: “swarming” and the emerging field of “algebraic statistics.”

This week, the series welcomes Emily Peters (Northwestern), who will explain what “planar algebras” have to say about knot theory and the four-color theorem.

Lecture: 4:30 p.m., Cuneo Hall 312

Meet the Speaker: 4:00 p.m., Cuneo Hall 312
w/ tea & cookies

Details: http://gauss.math.luc.edu/ucms/

Hosted by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, with support from the CAS special events fund.

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