Knot at Lunch on February 20 2008

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Dear Knot at Lunch People,

We will have our next lunch on Wednesday February 20, at the usual place, Bahen 6180, at 12 noon.

As always, please bring brown-bag lunch and fresh ideas. The agenda: we may talk a bit about the infinitesimal side of Artin's theorem, or we may talk about something else. We will also need to decide whether we want to hold a "Thomas Fiedler Marathon" for a week sometime in June, for work in the spirit of the page "Dror Bar-Natan: Odds, Ends, Unfinished: Some One Parameter Knot Theory Computations"; if you want to know what this means, you'll have to come to lunch on time, for this will likely be the first topic we will discuss!

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The Proposed Thomas Fiedler Marathon

For Against
  • We'll learn about his "one-parameter knot theory".
  • We'll get some practical Hecke algebra experience, and gain faster HOMFLY programs.
  • We'll get to play a bit with knot-theoretic programming.
  • We'll get to experiment with instant math logging.
  • We may discover something new.
  • The subject matter is not directly related to algebraic knot theory and/or knot theoretic algebra.
  • It will cost us a week (a full week, not just the weekly meeting!).
  • We may find at the end that mathematically speaking, it was all a waste of time.