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Thursday, October 21, 2021

11:30 am in via Zoom,Thursday, October 21, 2021

Math Department Retirees' Luncheon via Zoom

Abstract: We've changed the venue for the Annual Retirees' Luncheon from Silvercreek to Zoom. Watch your email for more information coming soon! Or email currid@illinois.edu if you have any questions.

Friday, October 22, 2021

4:00 pm in Altgeld Hall 347,Friday, October 22, 2021

The Alexander Polynomial, the Alexander Polynomial, and the Twisted Alexander Polynomial

Joseph Malionek (UIUC)

Abstract: The Alexander polynomial is a topological invariant of a space coming from a somewhat natural module structure on one of its covers. It was originally developed for knot exteriors, but since has been defined for more general topological spaces. This talk goes through the construction for knot exteriors, and then two levels of generalizations (As well as several examples). Some highlights: Covering spaces! Modules! T W I S T I N G. Knowledge of covering spaces and a very small amount of module theory will be helpful.