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11n34 – not slice

Inspiring young mathematician Lisa Piccirillo

Lisa Piccirillo from University of Texas, Austin, recently published a paper in the annals of mathematics solving a long-unsolved topology problem : the Conway knot (11n34 in the Rolfsen tables) is not slice.

Quantamagazine has a nice article about it, and the paper itself is available on arxiv. Sadly the subject is too involved and I don’t have the background to understand the paper.

Following the publication, Lisa Piccirillo was offered a tenure-track position at MIT, set to begin fourteen months after the completion of her doctorate.

Also from the inspiring doctorand: a nice video where she gives her take on the nature of abstract Math. Lisa’s tentative definition: Math is asking and answering of rigorously defined interesting questions.

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