Physical Knots

Physical Knots

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Based on a Special Session at the AMS Sectional Meeting in Las Vegas (NV) in April 2001, this volume discusses critical questions and new ideas in the areas of knotting and folding of curves in surfaces in three-dimensional space and applications of these ideas to biology, chemistry, computer science, and engineering. Some of the papers are primarily theoretical; others are experimental. Some are purely mathematical; others deal with applications of mathematics to theoretical computer science, engineering, physics, biology, or chemistry. Connections are made between classical knot theory and the physical world of macromolecules, such as DNA, geometric linkages, rope, and even cooked spaghetti. This book introduces the world of physical knot theory in all its manifestations and points the way for new research. It is suitable for a diverse audience of mathematicians, computer scientists, engineers, biologists, chemists, and physicists.If we tie a loose figure eight knot, and pull it tight, will we always end up with the same tight conformation? Here again, we have a clear answer for links: Some link types have different rope-length minimizing conformations; in fact, we can findanbsp;...

Title:Physical Knots
Author:Jorge Alberto Calvo, Kenneth C. Millett, Eric J. Rawdon
Publisher:American Mathematical Soc. - 2002


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