The theory of knots and models of simple magnets have suddenly become
interwowen over the last two decades. Both fields have benefitted from
this interaction - with ideas in one helping solve problems in the other.
This course shows how progress in pure mathematics
can help understand problems in apparently totally unrelated branches of
science - this
interaction is typical of modern mathematical physics which has blurred the
pure and applied mathematics on many fronts. No pre requisites from
applied mathematics or statisics courses are necessary for this module.
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