A Conversation for Mathematical Knots
tzjin_anthony_ks Started conversation Feb 19, 2009
A bit more for the updated version, perhaps.
In the 1960s, three mathematicians conjectured that the probability of knotting a piece of string tends to 1 as the length of the string tends to infinity. In other words, the longer your bit of string (or hair), the more likely it is to get knotted. This was proved in the 80s (using some complex topological manipulations), and more recently in 2008, a couple of physicists, Dorian Raymer and Douglas Smith were awarded the Ignobel award for their article "Spontaneous knotting of an agitated string" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ig_Nobel_Prize_winners)
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