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Rotating Immortality - a Möbius Band in the form of a Trefoil Knot by
John Robinson with graphics by Ronnie Brown and Cara Quinton. Borrowed from
`Symbolic Sculptures and Mathematics'.
Important News: After more than two decades this web site will soon
move to a new home at Queens University Belfast where it will be
maintained by Thomas
Hüttemann. The Conferences and meetings page will no longer be
maintained, instead organisers should put information directly into MathMeetings.net.
This site is intended to act as a convenient source of pointers to
Topology-related sites, including archives and conference announcements. It is
not intended to be part of a British archive as such, but pointers to useful
sites will be included to form a `nonlocalised' archive. Although intended
mainly for British and general European use, it will include references to
other parts of the world. To have items included, either email them to me or
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events have occurred.
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included. I would be grateful for comments on the structure and contents of
this site. Anyone wishing to set up and maintain a subsidiary page of this site
is encouraged to do so.
Andrew Baker (email)
Some comments by Frank Adams
All his writings are enlivened by witty remarks that he also used as a
lecturer to keep the attention of his audience. Some of these remarks have
become classics, like his description of a spectral sequence, one of the
machineries of algebraic topology to compute invariants by a complicated
iterative algebraic procedure:
- ``an Elizabethan drama, full of action, in which the business of each
character is to kill at least one other character, so that at the end of
the play one has the stage strewn with corpses and only one actor left
alive (namely the one to speak the last few lines).''
In case the machinery of algebraic topology ever seemed too daunting, he
would comfort the reader with the words
- ``let us be glad we don't work in algebraic geometry.''
The cyclist's guide to the Klein bottle
Taken from the
Klein Bottle Project by Nerius Landys and Shad Roundy
ACME Klein Bottles Acme has
conquered topological and engineering frontiers to manufacture genuine glass
Klein Bottles. These are the finest closed, non-orientable, boundary-free
manifolds sold anywhere in our three spatial dimensions. These elegant bottles
make great gifts, fantastic displays, and inferior mouse-traps. With its circle
of singularities, it can be said to exist inside of itself - especially handy
during time-reversals. A topologist's delight, hand crafted in glass.
Rotating Immortality by John Robinson with graphics by Nick Mee of Virtual Image. Borrowed from
`Symbolic Sculptures and Mathematics'