Noun

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- (mathematics) The theorem that any closed, orientable, connected 3-manifold may be obtained by performing Dehn surgery on a framed link in the 3-sphere with ±1 surgery coefficients, and that each component of the link can be assumed to be unknotted.

Origin

The theorem was proved independently in the early 1960s by W. B. R. Lickorish and Andrew H. Wallace.