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Invariants on the Curve

Alain Goriely

Date Icon Week 7, Tuesday 26 February HT 2013
Time Icon 8:15pm

In this talk, Alain explores properties of curves in three dimensions. In particular, he shows how to attach topological and geometric descriptors to curves and show how they are related to each other through a fundamental identity. These ideas link the theory of knots to physics and even biology as they have become a powerful tool to probe the secrets of DNA or understand the twisting of vines.