ISEF ’08 Winner: Knot Theory Mathematics

August 20, 2008 at 1:57 pm | Posted in History and News | 2 Comments
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  Sana Raoof, 17 of Jericho High School in Jericho, New York, is one of the winners of Intel Foundation Scientist Award from Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) on May 16, 2008. (from the Winner Announcement and News Release). And will attend Harvard University this fall.

   The vedio shows us how the intelligent girl introduce her research, “Computation of the Alexander-Conway polynomial on the Chord Diagrams of Singular Knots” to ISEF.  The lucky girl motivated by something from MIT, maybe in some graduate summer program, which provided her a great introduction of knot theory and lots of paper for this subject. She focus on computation of the δ-function that can distinguish if those on Chord Diagrams. 

 Congratulation to the shiny star…She won the prize to the royal road!!



  • Want to know more about “Chord Digrams“, you may also see the article of Greg in The Everything Seminar to discuss with them.
  • You can also click “knot theory and biochemistry” by Jesse Johnson to study the subject more.
  • Gee didn’t think the result application of protein or DNA in biochemistry can be helpful… We all know that the identified methods of biochemistry are quite differenent from the knot computation. Knot model allowed knots to be contracted, distorted and twisted infinitely. That’s not the same for DNA nor protein. The force energies between slight masses of protein or DNA need more detailed discussion or computation. It’s more more important than to compute the free knot polynomial of the model. … Just my little experience in the program of Institue of Bio-Chemistry to learn something about protein in Academia sinica, 2008.

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