Archive for the ‘Knots’ Category

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…)

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How to tie your shoes, part 1

November 26, 2007

Reading Ξ’s post, I was struck at first by strong memories of my youth, learning various knots in scouting, and thought about how I don’t really tie knots very often anymore (Friday’s expedition to come home with a holiday tree notwithstanding).

But then again, most adults do tie knots on a regular basis. Many men wear cloth neck ornaments, and most men and women are faced with tying shoes — if not their own, then their childrens’.  [Continued]

To Knot or Not to Knot

November 25, 2007

knot.jpg(I am so sorry about the title. I couldn’t help myself.)

Our local paper carried a short article this weekend about the International Guild of Knot Tyers, who just had an exhibition at the Museum of Shipping in Flensburg, Germany (the Flensburger Schiffahrtsmuseum). Upset that you missed it? Never fear! There’s still time to go to the Tenth Anniversary General Meeting and Convention of the North American Branch, November 29-December 2 in Florida. Their website contains a slew of photos from the past two meetings, and I confess I was rather jealous of all the cool knotted products around (not to mention the fancy designs that one could create from the string on the namebadges!)