Knot theory

1771,1885

Knot theory

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Alexandre-Théophile Vandermonde, Peter Guthrie Tait mathematics

Knot theory

Knottiness

Cat’s cradle

Gordian Knot

At first evolving separately, knot theory eventually became part of topology, but I must say that it seems a lot more fun working knots than solving problems in topology.

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Other readings:

  • Knot theory,” (an anthology of primary sources) by Andrew Ranicki