Gordian Knotted Structures

Friday, June 28, 2019 - 10:15am - 11:15am
Keller 3-180
Kenneth Millett (University of California, Santa Barbara)
According to the legend of Phrygian Gordium, Alexander the Great cut the Gordian Knot’’ and eventually went on to rule Asia thereby fulfilling the ancient prophecy. Where there are several versions of the precise nature of the Gordian Knot and Alexander’s action, an explicit mathematical treatment (the theory of thick knots) and the reasons for it contemporary interest will be discussed. The first simple example of such a Gordian Knotted Structure supported by a rigorous mathematical analysis will be presented.