Disentangling Topological Puzzles by Using Knot Theory

  title={Disentangling Topological Puzzles by Using Knot Theory},
  author={Matthew Horak},
  journal={Mathematics Magazine},
  pages={368 - 375}
  • Matthew Horak
  • Published 1 December 2006
  • Philosophy
  • Mathematics Magazine
Mathematical puzzles have been a source of entertainment and inspiration throughout the ages, and many puzzles have contributed to the development of large fields of mathematics. For example, a puzzle from the 18th century known as the Königsberg bridge problem asks the solver whether or not it is possible to trace a path around the city of Königsberg that crosses each of the city’s seven bridges between two islands and the banks of the Pregel River exactly once. Some experimentation easily… 

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