An introduction to "An introduction to the volume conjecture"
by Norm Do
Abstract: To a knot, we can associate algebraic invariants such as knot polynomials or geometric invariants such as the volume of the knot complement. It wasn't until about ten years ago --- when the volume conjecture was speculated --- that there was a reason to believe that these two concepts were related. In this talk, I'll give a basic introduction to knot theory, culminating in the statement of the volume conjecture.