Alexander polynomial


Definition of Alexander polynomial

: a mathematical expression that describes certain characteristics of knots in topology a figure eight knot has the Alexander polynomial t2 – 3t + 1

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First Known Use of Alexander polynomial

1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Alexander polynomial

after James Waddell Alexander †1971 American mathematician

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“Alexander polynomial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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