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This book, written by a mathematician known for his own work on knot theory, is a clear, concise, and engaging introduction to this complicated subject. A guide to the basic ideas and applications of knot theory, Knots takes us from Lord Kelvin's early - and mistaken - idea of using the knot to model the atom, almost a century and a half ago, to the central problem confronting knot theorists today: distinguishing among various knots, classifying them, and finding a straightforward and general way of determining whether two ...

Knots: Mathematics with a Twist 2004, Harvard University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780674013810

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Knots: Mathematics with a Twist 2002, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass

ISBN-13: 9780674009448