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21 September 2016

Celtic knots you can create (with KnotPlot) and vanish into forever

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top: A knot in the style of knots from Irish Celtic illuminated manuscripts like the Book of Kells or the Lindisfarne Gospels, generated by the program (free to download, but donations gratefully accepted) KnotPlot, a program to manipulate the objects of the branch of mathematics/topology called Knot Theory.

bottom: Incipit (beginning) of Gospel of Matthew from the Lindisfarne Gospels, circa 700 A.D., attributed to Eadfrith, Bishop of Lindisfarne (Northumberland, England).

WARNING: Knot Theory (like Number Theory) can be so hypnotically beautiful that some people vanish into it and never emerge. That's okay with them, they don't want to be dragged back to our unexquisite reality.


PatFromCH said...

Fascinating...this is bloody brilliant. Reminds me of my beloved Mandelbrot fractals. Have I shamelessly plugged my Mandelbrot fractals on VleeptronZ yet ? No ?

Anyway, someone made an animation with KnotPlot. Put on some Bach and check this out:

Please do let me know if you happen to know of any other stuff in that direction.

Vleeptron Dude said...

I estimate you can get lost for half or 1 whole year -- or more -- just by clicking around KnotPlot. But of course Knot Theory has been suckering in Big Brains for, oh, I'm guessing about a century. Knots seem to be a collection of very odd, curious Platonic Objects. Immediately you see how resistant to being described with/by numbers Knots are.

How will Man-on-the-Ground vote on Security Referendum? I'm about to post the Associated Press, or maybe Reuters, story about the issue.