Public Lecture: Knotty Problems

Appleton Tower, University of Edinburgh (and online) 29th Sep 5.30pm-6.30pm Free
EMS Lotay

The 2023 public lecture of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society: "Knotty problems" by Professor Jason Lotay of University of Oxford

Knots are part of everyday life, being both extremely useful or very troublesome depending on the situation, as well as appearing in art, literature and science. Knots have also fascinating for mathematicians and there are many great unsolved problems in the theory of knots that are central to current mathematical research.

In this public lecture, Jason Lotay will discuss some of the many ways in which knots manifest themselves and some of the knotty problems which perplex mathematicians at all levels from current students to experienced researchers.

About the speaker:

Jason Lotay is a Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of Oxford. Jason Lotay's research is on differential geometry. Over the years he has been awarded numerous research grants and fellowships in recognition of his high quality research.

Alongside his research career, Jason Lotay is also a science communicator. He gave public lectures at the London Mathematical Society, University College London, and the Fields Institute (Toronto, Canada) and wrote several articles accessible to the general public on mathematics and physics.

Location: Lecture Theatre 2, Appleton Tower (11 Crichton S Edinburgh EH8 9LE) & Microsoft Teams.

No registration is required for in person attendance. For online attendance, via Microsoft Teams, please register via the link below.

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