Archive for December 21st, 2007

Knots in the News

December 21, 2007

knot.jpgKnot theory is the branch of mathematics used to classify and analyze different types of knots. The mathematical focus is primarily on knots that have already formed, but recently two physicists from UC San Diego, Dorian M. Raymer and Douglas E. Smith, examined why knots form. Their article, “Spontaneous knotting of an agitated string,” appeared in the October 16 issue of the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences. (more…)