Knot Theory is Topologically Interesting...

W. B. Raymond Lickorish: Every 3-manifold is the result of surgery of the sphere along some link.

Robion Kirby: It is well understood which pairs of links give the same 3 manifolds upon surgery.

For example, appropriate surgery on "Hopf chains" yields Seifert Fibered Manifolds, and studying Hopf chains (in the appropriate manner) amounts to studying Seifert Fibered Manifolds.

Mathematical Landscape by Zarko D. Mijajlovich
A mathematical landscape by Zarko D. Mijajlovich