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What Exactly Makes One Knot Better Than Another Has Not Been Well-Understood – Until Now

by Jennifer Chu (Mass. Institute of Technology), SciTechDaily

How Strong Is Your Knot?

With help from spaghetti and color-changing fibers, a new mathematical model predicts a knot’s stability.

In sailing, rock climbing, construction, and any activity requiring the securing of ropes, certain knots are known to be stronger than others. Any seasoned sailor knows, for instance, that one type of knot will secure a sheet to a headsail, while another is better for hitching a boat to a piling. 

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Mathematical beauty activates same brain region as great art or music

by UCL News

People who appreciate the beauty of mathematics activate the same part of their brain when they look at aesthetically pleasing formula as others do when appreciating art or music, suggesting that there is a neuro-biological basis to beauty

There are many different sources of beauty – a beautiful face, a picturesque landscape, a great symphony are all examples of beauty derived from sensory experiences. But there are other, highly intellectual sources of beauty. Mathematicians often describe mathematical formula in emotive terms and the experience of mathematical beauty has often been compared by them to the experience of beauty derived from the greatest art. Continue reading Mathematical beauty activates same brain region as great art or music