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Over then Under Tangles

Knots and Representation Theory Seminar, Moscow, April 20, 2020.

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Abstract. Brilliant wrong ideas should not be buried and forgotten. Instead, they should be mined for the gold that lies underneath the layer of wrong. In this paper we explain how "over then under tangles" lead to an easy classification of knots, and under the surface, also to some valid mathematics: a separation theorem for braids and virtual braids, a topological understanding of the Drinfel'd double construction of quantum group theory, and more.

Based on a paper in preparation with Zsuzsanna Dancso and Roland van der Veen.

Handout: OU.html, OU.png.

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URL: http://drorbn.net/mo20.