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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)
Description: For many men, the ordeal of fashioning a neat tie knot is fading into the distant past. It seems ironic that two physicists have now put necktie knots back on center stage. Thomas M. A. Fink and Yong Mao of the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, England, have developed a mathematical model of tie knots. The model suggests six new "aesthetically pleasing" knots, ready for sampling by any gentleman interested in cutting-edge sartorial splendor...

Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Combinatorics, Probability, Knot Theory

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