More Knot Theory

October 5, 2007 By: Marshall Cutchin

OK, from this research we can take: limp fly lines tangle more, as do fly lines that are not confined to small spaces. Further, we may even predict that the next generation of stripping baskets will involve coiling line. “Two physicists used string-tumbling experiments and mathematical models to create a step-by-step recipe for knot formation and determined which factors cause the knottiest knots. Their research, published online this week by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, sheds light on an everyday phenomenon about which little was known beyond the madness it incites.” Jeanna Bryner of