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Is there some knot theory behind the Mobius donut?

I was watching this video by Numberphile where a professor cuts a bagel into two interlocking pieces. Is this a torus knot or torus link? I'm trying to interpret in terms of $(p,q)$-torus knots Torus ...
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Rolfsen exercise, chord theorem

Here's a problem from Rolfsen's Knots and Links that has me scratching my head: Show that there is always a counterexample to the "chord theorem" if $n$ is not an integer. [Hint: In attempting to ...
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How do we know how many prime knots there are for a specific number of crossings?

For instance, on wikipedia it says there are 7 prime knots with 7 crossings. How do we know there isn't an 8th prime knot knot with 7 crossings that we haven't yet discovered?
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Closed regular neighborhood

I would like to understand the following sentences. Let $L$ be a framed link in the three dimensional sphere $S^3$. Suppose $L$ has $m$ components $L_1, \cdots, L_m$. Let $U$ be a closed regular ...
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80 views

Why a torus knot is a prime knot?

Why a torus knot is a prime knot?
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Finding the jones polynomial of the following knot

I am struggling with finding the Jones polynomial of the following knot using only the sklein relations I am also asked if it is Isotopic to its mirror image. I tried using the above relation, ...
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two interlocked circles are homeomorphic to two noninterlocked circles

This is what I learned from here the post: two interlocked circles are homeomorphic to two noninterlocked circles, thus they (two interlocked circles and two noninterlocked circles) are homotopic ...
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How to distinguish between knots and links based on knot diagrams/projections

I'm interested in the distinction between knots and links in $\mathbb{R}^3$/$S^3$. In particular, is there an algorithmic way (as in not by sight/intuition) that we can examine the arcs and crossings ...
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Local Flatness and Knots

Peter Cromwell's `Knots and Links' has a definition for a locally flat knot that I'm struggling to understand. It's more the terminology used rather than the concept (I hope) but I can't find a ...
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Stereographic projection for a link/knot

I've been trying to understand the topological "link" between algebraic varieties and their associated knots/links and to this end I've been reading F. Kirwan's book, "Complex algebraic Curves". The ...
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How to find the braids that when closed make the $6_1$ knot.

I have the $6_1$ knot and my question is how can I easily find the braids that when closed make this knot, what's the easiest way in general for any knot.
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Completeness of moves for polygonal knots

I am going through the paper, MINIMAL KNOTTING NUMBERS, by MANN et. al. On page six of the paper, they defined following moves for polygonal knots. Parallel moves Triangular moves I understand ...
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Alexander–Briggs notations for the links or knots of $N^3_m$

We can use Alexander–Briggs notations for the links or knots. For example, is three separate loops with no links. And there are many other examples of Alexander–Briggs notations for three ...
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homeomorphism of cantor set extends to the plane?

Suppose C is a Cantor set in the Euclidean plane, or even in R^3. Suppose h is a homeomorphism of C onto itself. Can h be extended to a homeomorphism of the whole space? What about if h preserves the ...
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Wedding Vows puzzle

My father came up with a puzzle and dared me to solve it. I could solve it by trial and error, but I rather want to solve it mathematically. It is the so called "Wedding Vows puzzle" where you have to ...
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Example of using torus knots in experimental science

Can anyone give an example of using the theory of torus knot in experimental science? Thanks in advance!
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Applying Khovanov homology to two different non-trivial diagrams of the unknot

I'm attempting the calculate the Khovanov homology of the unknot using the figure eight diagram of the unknot with exactly one crossing going from top left to bottom right as shown below. I also ...
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154 views

How to ensure Topological Correctness

Question: I read through an enormous amount of material on topology and knot-theory in wikipedia, but I still am stuck at the following fundamental problem: Given two representations of closed ...
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51 views

Infiniteness of a knot energy

I am going through the paper, Physical Knots, by Jonathan Simon. Initially, on page 10, he describes the electrostatic energy of two charged stick, X and Y in space as follows. $$ \int_{x \in X} ...
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Why can't I tie a infinite rope in hard knots?

I think this is a genuine math problem. And it's somehow related to knot energy but not directly solved by the latter. Why can't I tie a hard knot on a rope of infinite length? By infinity I mean ...
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Prove that an infinitely long rope can only form slipknots

I've heard that an infinitely long rope can only form slipknots, is that true, and is there a simple proof/obvious counterexample? Answers requiring no preliminary knowledge about topology would be ...
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Minimizer and invariance of normal projection energy of a knot

While reading the paper, A simple energy function for knots, I understand that the authors have proved the two conditions of the first page for the normal projection energy of a knot. But I failed to ...
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189 views

How to reason about disentanglement “tavern” puzzles?

It took me an embarrassingly long time to remove the ring from this rigid structure: What math could I use to solve similar puzzles? Topology and knot theory seem helpful, but I don't think they ...
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Relation between the braid group and the mapping class group of the plane

According to the following link, page 248, the braid group modulo its center is isomorphic to the mapping class group of the $N$-times punctured plane, i.e. $B_N/Z(B_N)\cong M_N(\mathcal(R)^2)$. Could ...
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A generalization of the connected sum of links

A connected sum of two links $K$ and $L$ involves cutting a segment in each link and joining them up as illustrated in the top diagram, the connected sum of two trefoil knots. Is there any ...
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Knowing the existence of a fixed point set from an induced fundamental group automorphism

Let $L$ be a link in $S^{3} $ and $f_{ \phi } : \pi_{1} (S^{3} \backslash L ) \rightarrow \pi_{1} (S^{3} \backslash L )$ be induced from a periodic map $\phi $ of $S^{3} $, restricted to the ...
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How do you specify a link to a blind combinatorialist?

Regular projections of links look like graphs in the plane. So I'm wondering if it would be possible to specify a link up to isotopy with purely combinatorial data about this graph. If so, what kind ...
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Invariance of the physical energy of a knot over Möbius transformations

I am going through the paper, Recognizing knots Using Simulated Annealing by Ligocki and Sethian. This paper uses simulated annealing to solve the KNOT GENUS problem. It has used two different ...
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What is the type of $u$ in this definition of knot?

I am going to quote from the second paragraph of the Introduction of Möbius Energy of Knots and Unknots by Michael H. Freedman, Zheng-Xu He and Zhenghan Wang. Let $\gamma = \gamma (u)$ be a ...
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Standard norm of $\mathbb{R}^3$

I am going through the paper, Energy of a Knot by Jun O'Hara. Let me quote from the Definition 1.1 of Section 1 on the first page: Let $f:S^1 = \mathbb{R}/\mathbb{Z} \to \mathbb{R}^3$ be an embedding ...
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Genus of a link

In knot theory, we know that same linking number cannot distinguish two different knots/links. For example, whitehead link(linking number$=0$) and unlink of 2 components (linking number$=0$) but ...
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Surgery on trivial knots

I know a theorem that any closed orientable 3 manifold can be obtained from the sphere $S^3$ by surgery along a framed knot. I think I read or heard somewhere that as a surgery link, we can take ...
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Recommended books on knot invariants

I've been reading the books "An introduction to knot theory" by Lickorish and "Knots, Links, Braids and 3-Manifolds" by Prosolov and Sossinsky, and while both seem to me as good books, sometimes I'd ...
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Knot group, Abelization and linking number

Suppose that $K$ is an orientable knot, $X=\mathbb{R}^3\setminus K$, $x_0\in X$ and $G=\pi_1(X,x_0)$. Suppose $\phi:G\rightarrow G_{ab}=G/G'\cong\mathbb{Z}$. Use the Wirtinger presentation of $G$ to ...
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Density of continuous knots in the plane transversal to some circles

This is an exercise from the book "Knots and Links" by Rolfsen (exercise 6 in section 2C) Let $\kappa : S^1 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2-(0,0)$ be a continuous imbedding. Let $M := \{ x \in ...
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Annulus Theorem

I'm trying to read Rolfsen's "Knots and Links" and I'm a little discouraged that I can't do one of the first and seemingly more important exercises. The question is Use the Schoenflies theorem ...
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In topological terms, how would you describe the relationship between two consecutive links of a chain?

Consider the two rings that this magician is holding in his hands: How would you describe that configuration in topological terms? From a knot-theory standpoint, I would say that the rings form a ...
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Analogous notion of knot complements for braids

Knots/links seem to be studied quite a lot for their topological connection to 3-manifolds by considering knot complements in $S^{3}$. Is there an analogous topological entity for braids? They appear ...
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An introduction to Khovanov homology, Heegaard-Floer homology

I am interested in knot theory and low dimensional topology. I would like to start studying Khovanov homology and Heegaard-Floer homology. I (partially) read the original paper of Khovanov and then ...
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How is PL knot theory related to smooth knot theory?

I really want to like knot theory but the PL condition seems sort of ugly. I was hoping someone could give me a justification for secretly thinking about smooth knots as I read through a book like ...
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1answer
277 views

Isotopy and Homotopy

What is the difference between homotopy and isotopy at the intuitive level.Some diagrammatic explanation will be helpful for me.
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Classify knots in a closed bead-spring like polymer simulation

my problem is to detect the crossing number (or another knot invariant) of a simulated polymer. A polymer is a closed bead spring, which mean that it is represented by a set of points connected by ...
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Virtual knot diagrams on surfaces with genus?

To the best of my limited understanding, a virtual knot diagram may be thought of as the projection of an embedding of $\mathbb{S}^1$ in a 2-manifold with genus onto $\mathbb{R}^2$. That is to say it ...
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Braid groups and the fundamental group of the configuration space of $n$ points

I am giving a lecture on Braid Groups this month at a seminar and I am confused about how to understand the fundamental group of the configuration space of $n$ points, so I will define some ...
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Definition of Reshetikhin-Turaev TQFT

I am studying Reshetikhin-Turaev TQFT. In their paper or in the book " Quantum invariants of knots and 3-manifolds", they first define an invariant $\tau(M)$ for a closed orientable 3-manifold $M$ and ...
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1answer
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Remove links by Kirby moves

I am trying to prove the following proposition. proposition; If in a framed link $L$ a component $K$ is an unknot with framing zero which links only one other component $H$ geometrically once, ...
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1answer
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How to detect a twist or framing in a 3-manifold.

This question is somewhat a continuation of the question Gluing a solid torus to a solid torus with annulus inside. If we consider a genus one handlebody $U$ with an (nontwisted)annulus inside the ...
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What knot groups are Abelian?

The knot group (the fundamental group of the complement of a knot) of the unknot is $\mathbb{Z}$ and the Hopf link is $\mathbb{Z}^2$, so those are knots (links) with Abelian knot group but are there ...
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Surgery, framing and Dehn twist

Let $L$ be a framed knot in $S^3$. Let $U$ be a closed regular neighborhood of $L$ in $S^3$. How can I interpretate the following sentence? "We identify $U$ with $S^1 \times B^2$ so that $L$ is ...
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The construction of knotted surfaces in $\mathbb{R}^4$

For a two-sphere embedded in $\mathbb{R}^4$,how can you check whether or not there is an ambient isotopy to the "standard" 2-sphere (the set of points $(x,y,z,0)$ in $\mathbb{R}^4$ distance 1 from the ...