January 13, 2004

How many knots can you tie?

While at the LSA's annual meeting this past weekend, I was fortunate enough to make the acquaintance of a knot theorist from Harvard. I of course immediately asked him how many knots he could tie. He said just two, which was a bit of a disappointment, as was his inordinate fascination with that boring old shoe-tying knot that everyone above the age of three knows well. What's more, he had no idea why some knots are stronger than others. He brushed this off as a problem in physics.

This is all that I was able to learn about the inner lives of knot theorists: I had to go hear a talk about be. Posted by Christopher Potts at January 13, 2004 10:35 PM