Item description for Why Knot?: An Introduction to the Mathematical Theory of Knots by Brad Hamann Colin Adams...
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!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10" Width: 9.4" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Mar 29, 2004
Publisher Key College Publishing
ISBN 1931914222 ISBN13 9781931914222
Reviews - What do customers think about Why Knot?: An Introduction to the Mathematical Theory of Knots?
A complete introduction to an area of math that is neglected. That is unfortunate, as it is easily demonstrated Jun 4, 2008
In my opinion, knot theory is an area of mathematics neglected in the elementary, middle and high schools. Knot theory offers the advantages that it can be visually displayed using inexpensive materials; each student can work alone or in groups and it is easily learned. After all, the Boy Scouts have been doing it for decades. This book is a gentle introduction to the basic theory of knots, written at a level so that middle school students can understand it with a little help from the teacher. A cartoon format starring a math superheroine is used, so it is packed with easy to understand diagrams. The 62 pages of material is a complete introduction to the theory of knots and is also long enough so that a complete section could be offered. This book would also be suitable for teaching a lengthy session on using manipulatives in mathematics instruction offered to mathematics education majors.