Item description for History and Science of Knots (Series on Knots and Everything) by J. C. Turner...
This book brings together twenty essays on diverse topics in the history and science of knots. It is divided into five parts, which deal respectively with knots in prehistory and antiquity, non-European traditions, working knots, the developing science of knots, and decorative and other aspects of knots.
Its authors include archaeologists who write on knots found in digs of ancient sites (one describes the knots used by the recently discovered Ice Man); practical knotters who have studied the history and uses of knots at sea, for fishing and for various life support activities; a historian of lace; a computer scientist writing on computer classification of doilies; and mathematicians who describe the history of knot theories from the eighteenth century to the present day.
In view of the explosion of mathematical theories of knots in the past decade, with consequential new and important scientific applications, this book is timely in setting down a brief, fragmentary history of mankind's oldest and most useful technical and decorative device - the knot.
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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Publisher World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN 9810236514 ISBN13 9789810236519
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More About J. C. Turner
J. C. Turner was born in 1928 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Waikato.
Reviews - What do customers think about History and Science of Knots (Series on Knots and Everything)?
This is not a knot book Jan 30, 2007
If you are looking for a book to teach you how to tie knots, you need to consider Ashley's Knot book. If you want to know the history behind the different types of knots, you definitely need this book. There are diagrams that will help you visualize the knots being discussed, but they generally aren't explicite enough to be of help in learning how to tie the knots unless you already have an idea of how its done. The true focus of this book is in the use of the different types of knots and archelogical data pertaining to it. Overall, its a great book.
KNOTTY KNOWLEDGE Jul 1, 2001
This is a beautiful book, physically & intellectually. The book covers a variety of aspects of "knot", from the mathematical to the practical, including decorative knotting. It is not a guide to knot tying, nor a treatise on topology/knot theory. Rather, here is a collection of articles that shed light on "knot", from authors many of whom belong to the International Guild of Knot Tyers [sic] sharing their love of aspects of "knot".
Admittedly, this is a book for those who love knots, rather than for those who only care to learn a few things about how to tie a few knots; similarly, those who are interested in topology will perhaps not see the couple of related chapters/articles sufficient to justify the cost--they're of an overview nature.