# Knot Theory and Creative Writing?

##### Asked by: Ryan Sterling

## What is knot theory used for?

Knot theory **provides insight into how hard it is to unknot and reknot various types of DNA**, shedding light on how much time it takes the enzymes to do their jobs.

## Why is the study of knots important?

In the last several decades of the 20th century, scientists became interested in studying physical knots in order **to understand knotting phenomena in DNA and other polymers**. Knot theory can be used to determine if a molecule is chiral (has a “handedness”) or not (Simon 1986).

## What is knot in social science?

Knot theory is the mathematical branch of topology that studies mathematical knots, which are defined as **embeddings of a circle in 3-dimensional Euclidean space, R3**. This is basically equivalent to a conventional knotted string with the ends joined together to prevent it from becoming undone.

## What is the knot in physics?

In quantum physics, a knot may be regarded as **the orbit in spacetime of a charged particle**. One way of calculating the Jones polynomial in quantum theory involves using the Chern-Simons function for gauge fields.

## When was knot theory invented?

In **1867** after observing Scottish physicist Peter Tait’s experiments involving smoke rings, Thomson came to the idea that atoms were knots of swirling vortices in the æther. Chemical elements would thus correspond to knots and links.

## How many different types of knots are there?

With that in mind, the number of knots could be infinite. But, there are **three basic types**. Knots: Basic knots tie two ends of rope, cordage, or other flexible material together. Hitches: Hitches are used to tie rope around an object, such as a pole, stick, bumper, or other object.

## Who invented knots?

4000 BC—Egyptians developed a spindle to help them make rope. 218BC— The Roman Ballista weapon used rope to sling crossbow-style bolts at the enemy with great accuracy in the Second Punic War. 1200AD—**Arab weavers** began using knots to adorn the edges of textiles. This style migrated to Spain under Moorish influence.

## Why do knots exist?

The term knot dates from the 17th century, **when sailors measured the speed of their ship using a device called a “common log.”** The common log was a rope with knots at regular intervals, attached to a piece of wood shaped like a slice of pie.

## What is the Conway knot problem?

The issue of the sliceness of the Conway knot was resolved in 2020 by Lisa Piccirillo, 50 years after John Horton Conway first proposed the knot. Her proof made use of Rasmussen’s s-invariant, and showed that **the knot is not a smoothly slice knot**, though it is topologically slice (the Kinoshita–Terasaka knot is both).

## What is a quantum knot?

A quantum knot is topologically stable, akin to a soliton—that is, it’s **a quantum object that acts like a traveling wave that keeps rolling forward at a constant speed without losing its shape**.

## Is DNA a knot?

Just like any long polymer chain, **DNA tends to form knots**. Using technology that allows them to stretch DNA molecules and image the behavior of these knots, MIT researchers have discovered, for the first time, the factors that determine whether a knot moves along the strand or “jams” in place.

## Are all knots Homeomorphic?

So **yes all knots are homeomorphic to the circle**.

## What do you call someone who ties knots?

A difinition may exist: There may yet be; People who tie knots for no purpose, to no reason and just for the fun of it. These may be “**knot tyers**“. Experts who expand the knowledge, just to do so, may also be “knot tyers”.

## Why are there no knots in more than 4 dimensions?

A knot is a closed curve in space. A knot is called trivial, if one can deform it to a simple unknotted circle without having any selfintersections at any time. It is quite easy to see that **in four dimensions, there are no nontrivial knots**. You would not be able to tie a shoe in four dimensional space.

## What is a non-trivial knot?

Think of the mathematical knot as a piece of string (with no thickness) that has had its two ends glued together. The simple loop is called the unknot or the trivial knot, and the **trefoil knot** is the simplest non-trivial knot – it’s the classic overhand knot with its ends glued together.

## What is difference between knot and cycle?

**A cycle is a necessary condition for deadlock**. **If the graph is expedient, then a knot is a sufficient condition for deadlock**.

## How many prime knots are there?

Prime knot

n | 1 | 8 |
---|---|---|

Number of prime knots with n crossings | 21 | |

Composite knots | 4 | |

Total | 25 |

## Can all knots be untied?

**A knot can be untied if the loop is broken**.

## What is the trace of a knot?

Knot traces are **elementary 4-manifolds built by attaching a single 2-handle to the 4-ball**; these are the canonical examples 4-manifolds with non-trivial middle dimensional homology. In this thesis, we give a flexible technique for constructing pairs of distinct knots with diffeomorphic traces.

## Can you have knots in more than four dimensions?

You can’t tie a knot in a string in two dimensions and **a knotted string in four (or more) isn’t really knotted at all**. The way we talk about ordinary knots is in the context of a loop (tie your knot and then splice the loose ends of the string).

## Is a knot a manifold?

**The knot complement X _{K} is a compact 3-manifold**; the boundary of X

_{K}and the boundary of the neighborhood N are homeomorphic to a two-torus.

## How many kilometers is a knot?

1.852 km/h

The knot (/nɒt/) is a unit of speed equal to one nautical mile per hour, exactly **1.852 km/h** (approximately 1.151 mph or 0.514 m/s).

## How do you make a trefoil knot?

*And to make a parametric point in grasp it's really easy you have to go to the vector menu and select the construct.*