Why Knot?: An Introduction to the Mathematical Theory of Knots - Colin Adams (2004)
ISBN 9781931914222
Publisher Key College Publishing
Publication Date 3/29/2004
Format Paperback (254 x 239 mm)
Illustrator Brad Hamann

Colin Adams, well-known for his advanced research in topology and knot theory, is the author of this exciting new book that brings his findings and his passion for the subject to a more general audience. This beautifully illustrated comic book is appropriate for many mathematics courses at the undergraduate level such as liberal arts math, and topology. Additionally, the book could easily challenge high school students in math clubs or honors math courses and is perfect for the lay math enthusiast.

Each copy of Why Knot? is packaged with a plastic manipulative called the Tangle R. Adams uses the Tangle because "you can open it up, tie it in a knot and then close it up again." The Tangle is the ultimate tool for knot theory because knots are defined in mathematics as being closed on a loop. Readers use the Tangle to complete the experiments throughout the brief volume.

Adams also presents a illustrative and engaging history of knot theory from its early role in chemistry to modern applications such as DNA research, dynamical systems, and fluid mechanics. Real math, unreal fun!

Personal Details
Collection Status In Collection
Index 1299
Read It Yes
Links Amazon US
Product Details
LoC Classification QA612.2 .A333 2004
Cover Price $29.95
No. of Pages 62