Knots, Braids, and Ribbons
In mathematics, knot theory (related to sting theory) is the area of topology that studies mathematical knots. It is an aspect of mathematics that is more concerned with structure than measurement. While mathematical studies of knots began in the 19th century more recently knot theory has been used to study the action of DNA, and it may be very important to the construction of quantum computers.
Knots, braids, and twinings have many historical and cultural meanings. Archaeologists have discovered knot tying dating back to prehistoric times. They have been used as recording information, for tying objects together, to create lace and nets, and they have long interested humans for their aesthetics and spiritual symbolism. Knots appear in various forms of Chinese artwork dating from several centuries BC; ornamental knot work borders were used by the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and many other civilizations; there is the endless knot in Tibetan Buddhism, and Borromean rings have made repeated appearances in different cultures, usually representing strength in unity. The Celts created the Book of Kells and covered entire pages with intricate Celtic knot work. The knot was often seen as a symbol of infinity and of continuity.
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