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Splitting Loops and Necklaces: Variants of the Square Peg Problem

Florian Frick, Cornell University
Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:00pm
PDL C-401
In 1911 Toeplitz conjectured that any simple continuous closed curve in the plane inscribes a square. A less famous variant of this problem is Hadwiger's 1971 conjecture that any simple closed continuous curve in 3-space inscribes a parallelogram. Both conjectures have been resolved under some smoothness condition on the curve. I will survey some of the known results and then report on recent progress on both conjectures. In particular we resolve Hadwiger's conjecture in full generality by relating it to partition results for measures on the real line. 
This is joint work with Jai Aslam, Shujian Chen, Sam Saloff-Coste, Linus Setiabrata, and Hugh Thomas.
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