Wild spheres in R3

11 May 2016
11:00
to
12:30
Simon Bergant
Abstract

In 1924, James W. Alexander constructed a 2-sphere in R3 that is not ambiently homeomorphic to the standard 2-sphere, which demonstrated the failure of the Schoenflies theorem in higher dimensions. I will describe the construction of the Alexander horned sphere and the Antoine necklace and describe some of their properties.