In this video lecture, Prof. N.J. Wildberger talks about knots and surfaces.
In the 1930's H. Siefert showed that any knot can be viewed as the boundary of an orientable surface with boundary, and gave a relatively simple procedure for explicitly constructing such `Seifert surfaces'. We show the algorithm, exhibit it for the trefoil and the square knot, and then discuss Euler numbers for surfaces with boundaries.
In this course, Prof. N.J. Wildberger gives 26 video lectures on Algebraic Topology. This is a beginner's course in Algebraic Topology given by Assoc. Prof. N J Wildberger of the School of Mathematics and Statistics, UNSW. It features a visual approach to the subject that stresses the importance of familiarity with specific examples. It also introduces 'rational curvature', a simple but important innovation. NJ Wildberger is also the developer of Rational Trigonometry: a new and better way of learning and using trigonometry.