Brunnian links and Massey product relations

This is an ongoing project.

Faculty Researcher: Daniel Isaksen

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Daniel Isaksen


In mathematics, a Brunnian link is a collection of closed loops. No two of the loops are linked, yet the entire collection cannot be untangled. The well-known Rainbow Loom bracelets are examples of Brunnian links.

Massey products are the algebraic analogues of Brunnian links. Massey products satisfy certain relations. The analogy suggests that Brunnian links should satisfy the same types of relations.

The goal of the project is to experiment with Brunnian links to see if these types of relations can be verified directly.


This project is appropriate for a declared mathematics major who has taken MAT 2250 and has an interest in abstract or theoretical mathematics.

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April 9, 2014