How Mathematics Gets into Knots

Synopsis
Recording of a lecture given by Professor R Brown as part of the London Mathematical Society’s Popular Lecture Series. The lecture starts from the oldest known knot, dating from 7200 BC, and shows knotting and interlacing as a motif in art and sculpture, as well as a basic practical skill. The mathematics of knots deals with their classification, with the arithmetic properties of the operation of tying one knot after another, and with the algebra which models wrapping string around a knot.
Series
Popular Lecture Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 41 min.
Year of production
1987
Availability
Hire; 2006 hire: £5.00
Uses
6th-form and undergraduate mathematics.
Subjects
Mathematics
Keywords
geometry; knots

Credits

Writer
R Brown
Cast
R Brown 

Production Company

Name

Imperial College of Science and Technology Television Studio

Sponsor

Name

London Mathematical Society

Distributor (Hire)

Name

London Mathematical Society

Email
lms@lms.ac.uk
Web
http://www.lms.ac.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7637 3686
Fax
020 7323 3655
Address
De Morgan House
57-58 Russell Square
London
WC1B 4HS
Notes
Video recordings of twice-yearly LMS Popular Lectures, which aim to present exciting topics and interesting applications to anyone with a serious interest in mathematics such as sixth form and university students. Recent lectures are for sale on DVD and older ones for hire on video.

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