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Spitalfields Day

12th October 2000

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Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Geometry and Topology of Fluid Flows

4 September to 17 December 2000

Organisers: H Aref (Urbana-Champaign), T Kambe (Tokyo), RB Pelz (Rutgers), RL Ricca (UCL)



Spitalfields Day

Thursday 12 October 2000

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Seminar Room 1, 20 Clarkson Road, Cambridge


Organiser:  Renzo L Ricca (UCL)

Programme Theme:

Six world specialists will present results and latest discoveries on mathematical and physical knots. From soliton knots to electromagnetic knots, from elastic knots to chemical and biological knots, we shall follow our experts in a fascinating search for the ideal knot.

09.30 – 10.00

Coffee & Registration


10.00 – 11.00

Dr Andrzej Stasiak (Lausanne)

Ideal knots and physical knots

11.00 – 12.00

Professor Antti Niemi (Uppsala)

Field theory realizations of knots and links

12.00 – 13.00

Professor Art Winfree (Arizona)

Knotted phase singularities in motionless media

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch at the Institute


14.00 – 15.00

Professor Antonio Fernandez-Ranada (Complutense)

Electromagnetic knots

15.00 – 16.00

Professor John Maddocks (EPFL)

Global curvature, thickness, ideal shapes and self-contact


16.00 – 16.30



16.30 – 17.30

Professor De Witt Sumners (Florida State)

Knots in DNA

17.30 – 18.00

Wine Reception

Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided at a nominal charge; please let Tracey Andrew at the Institute know by 22 September 2000 if you intend to come, to help us plan for lunch: telephone: (01223) 335984; fax: (01223) 330508. There are limited funds available to assist research students to attend: please apply by 22 September 2000 to Tracey Andrew at the Institute.  Scientific enquiries may be addressed to Dr Renzo L Ricca, Isaac Newton Institute, 20 Clarkson Road, Cambridge CB3 0EH.

Spitalfields Day Follow-up: 13 October 2000

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