A Knot’s Tale
Sometimes good mathematics get invented because of bad science. Knot theory is one such example. In this talk I will tell the story of three best friends – Thomson, Tait and Maxwell – who believed that the topology of knots would be the key to understanding the universe. Although they were wrong, Tait’s work on knot tabulation created mathematics and conjectures which are still being investigated today, 150 years later, while knot theory itself is once again appearing in all branches of science.
Dr Julia Collins , AMSI