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  • Mathematical Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, Volume 99, Issue 1
  • January 1986, pp. 89-102

Knot surgery and primeness

  • Francisco González Acuña (a1) and Hamish Short (a2)
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The aim of this paper is to prove some new results towards answering the question: When does Dehn surgery on a knot give a non-prime manifold? This question has been raised on several occasions (see for instance [5] or [4]; concerning the latter see below). Recall that a 3-manifold is prime if, in any connected sum decomposition

one of M1, M2 is S3. (For standard definitions of low-dimensional topology see [2] or [16].)

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