The Relation of Chemistry to Knot Theory
Elizabeth M. Joslyn
This project investigates the applications of knot theory to
chemistry and in particular, whether a moelcule is achiral or chiral,
that is whether or not it can be deformed into its mirror image.
Roughly speaking, we can think of a molecule as being represented by
a graph, and the same applies to knots, so it is possible to apply
knot theory to the problem of chirality of molecules. Also to study
chirality of molecules, the generalization of knots to links is
required at some points. (Advisor Peter A. Linnell)
Note: some figures are missing in the pdf-file.