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Department of Mathematical Sciences

Seminar Archives

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Centre for Particle Theory Colloquia: A Knot's Tale: Three great men, two smoking boxes, one brilliant wrong idea...

Presented by Julia Collins, U of Edinburgh

4 March 2014 17:15 in CLC 202

I will tell the story of three best friends in 19th century Scotland
and their attempt to develop an atomic theory based on knots and links.
Tait, Kelvin and Maxwell were inspired by a fantastic experiment
involving smoke rings, and their theories, whilst being completely
wrong, inspired a new field of mathematical study which is once again
becoming important in physics, chemistry and biology.

Contact or for more information

Coffee and biscuits at 15:30 in CM 211 (Maths Coffee Room).