Math 221b: Knots and Low-Dimensional Topology

This spring, Math 221b will be a course in knot theory and some related low-dimensional topology. The course will have roughly two parts. The first will be centered around some topics in classical knot theory, with some basic 3-manifold topology thrown in to prove the big theorems. I plan to use as basic text Rolfsen's book, Knots and Links, with supplementary material from other sources. (The link is to the AMS bookstore, which has a sale price of $41 for members.) The second part of the course will be an introduction to a more advanced topic, to be agreed upon with the participants.

Time: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 11-12, Room 226 Goldsmith.

Part I Outline:

Part II possible topics: