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### An Introduction to Spatial Graph Theory

**Student-Run Geometry/Topology Seminar**

Speaker: | Erica Flapan, Pomona College |

Related Webpage: | http://pages.pomona.edu/~elf04747/ |

Location: | 3106 MSB |

Start time: | Tue, Feb 26 2019, 11:00AM |

Spatial graph theory developed in the early 1980's when topologists began using the tools of knot theory to study graphs embedded in 3-dimensional space. Later, this area came to be known as \( \textit{spatial} \) graph theory to distinguish it from the study of \(\textit{abstract} \) graphs. Much of the current work in spatial graph theory can trace its roots back either to the ground breaking results of John Conway and Cameron Gordon on intrinsic knotting and linking of graphs or to the topology of non-rigid molecules. This talk will present the history of spatial graph theory and survey some of the current trends in the field.