[FOM] Knot theory puzzle

Thomas Forster T.Forster at dpmms.cam.ac.uk
Thu Sep 30 07:32:59 EDT 2004

Just been having morning chat with Raymond Lickorish (he's the one who 
put the `l' in `Homfly')  He mentioned a beguiling open problem in knot 

	``Is the crossing number of the sum of two 
	   knots the sum of the crossing numbers?''

   I'm not asking if anyone knows the answer to this - they don't! -  but
what is the quantifier complexity??

       Thomas Forster


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