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Gromov's knot distortion

#### John Pardon, Princeton University

Gromov defined the distortion of an embedding of S^1 into R^3 and asked whether every knot could be embedded with distortion less than 100. There are (many) wild embeddings of S^1 into R^3 with finite distortion, and this is one reason why bounding the distortion of a given knot class is hard. I will show how to give a nontrivial lower bound on the distortion of torus knots. I will also mention some natural conjectures about the distortion, for example that the distortion of the (2,p)-torus knots is unbounded.