Posted by: jonkujawa | May 12, 2009

Welcome

Welcome to the webpage for the the University of Oklahoma VeRTEx math research group!   The current members are Jennifer Holt, Jon Kujawa, Logan Maingi, Patrick Orchard, and Steve Udick.  For the summer of 2009 we will be conducting an online reading course of the book “The Knot Book” by Colin Adams.  This is background reading for our research in the fall on finite type knot invariants.  A few general words of advice:

  • This is a public forum.  The primary participants are the members of the group, but others are welcome to read and make relevant comments.
  • As Einstein said: “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new” and “If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”.  When you’re doing research, all questions, comments, suggestions are welcome.  Often times the simplest question can point out the key idea needed to make progress!  You should never hesitate to contribute.
  • WordPress supports the use of LaTex to type mathematics.  Their page on the topic is here.  The general format is to type“$latex [Your LaTeX code]$” without the quote marks.  For example, replacing the quotes with dollar signs in “latex \int_{a}^{b} f(x) dx = \frac{\pi}{2}” yields \int_{a}^{b} f(x) dx = \frac{\pi}{2}.  There is also a LaTex-to-Wordpress converter here which could be helpful.
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  1. […] For now, this blog is doing a reading of the knot book, and have some interesting discussions. As soon as I can get […]

  2. acb math,

    Welcome to our discussion of Adams’s book. Feel free to join in if you like.


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