knot theory

noun

Definition of knot theory

: a branch of topology concerned with the properties and classification of mathematical knots

Other Words from knot theory

knot theorist noun

Examples of knot theory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In one noteworthy discovery, deep learning helped mathematicians develop a formula related to knot theory, the study of 3D curves that cannot be untangled. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 8 Dec. 2021 The reason this method should work comes down to the math of knot theory. Eugenia Cheng, WSJ, 8 July 2021 The mathematics of knot theory says that a simple loop and a trefoil are fundamentally different knots. George Hart, Scientific American, 22 Jan. 2013 The dream began in the 1860s with an ingenious knot theory of nature. Natalie Wolchover, Scientific American, 11 Dec. 2013 The dream began in the 1860s with an ingenious knot theory of nature. Natalie Wolchover, Scientific American, 11 Dec. 2013 The dream began in the 1860s with an ingenious knot theory of nature. Natalie Wolchover, Scientific American, 11 Dec. 2013 Alan Rosenbluth said his mother had pursued independent research in knot theory, a branch of mathematics. New York Times, 9 Feb. 2021 The new study, published last week in the journal Science, paired mathematical knot theory with a color-changing fiber developed in 2013. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of knot theory

1981, in the meaning defined above

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13 Dec 2021

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“Knot theory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/knot%20theory. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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