Unknotting number one knots are prime. (English) Zbl 0576.57004

In this paper it is proved that a knot of unknotting number one is prime; it is a very important work in geometric knot theory. The technique used here is essentially the arguments established by the author [ibid. 79, 125-141 (1985; Zbl 0559.57019)].
Reviewer: M.Yamashita


57M25 Knots and links in the \(3\)-sphere (MSC2010)
57N10 Topology of general \(3\)-manifolds (MSC2010)


Zbl 0559.57019
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