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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The geometry of rope

NPS Image of children hauling on a line on Balclutha

Ever wonder about the physical rules behind a good rope? Intrigued by the phrase, "zero-twist point?" Then you would enjoy Alexandra Witze's article in ScienceNews, Physicists untangle the geometry of rope.

Her article gives a basic, brief overview of the mathematics behind the process of turning strands into rope, as revealed in Jakob Bohr & Kasper Olsen's article, The ancient art of laying rope.

How did the researchers come to work on rope winding? From their work on DNA, of course!


Anonymous said...

nice illustrative picture here, thanks! :-)

Buck said...

Very cool! It's always interesting to see how intertwined the various arts and sciences are.

Heather said...

Thanks, guys!