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Probability that two circles in space are linked

Let $C_0$ be a circle centered on the origin, and $C_1$ a circle centered on $(1,0,0)$, center distance of $1$. Q1. If both $C_0$ and $C_1$ are randomly oriented and have the same radius $r ...
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Rolfsen exercise, chord theorem

Here's a problem from Rolfsen's Knots and Links that has me scratching my head: Show that there is always a counterexample to the "chord theorem" if $n$ is not an integer. [Hint: In attempting to ...
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Correctness of the size of an planar integer lattice unknot

A planar integer lattice unknot is a polygon drawn over a two dimensional integer lattice. Here is an example: Given a number $N$, a planar unknot is not always possible. For example, a planar ...
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Why can't I tie a infinite rope in hard knots?

I think this is a genuine math problem. And it's somehow related to knot energy but not directly solved by the latter. Why can't I tie a hard knot on a rope of infinite length? By infinity I mean ...
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Geometric way to view the truncated braid groups?

This is perhaps a vague question, but hopefully there exists literature on the subject. The question is motivated by an answer I gave to this question. I also asked a related question on MO, although ...
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Untieable knotted surfaces

After having seen how - comparatively - easy it is to untie a seemingly knotted surface embedded in $\mathbb{R}^3$, I am now looking for really (= untieable) knotted surfaces. Is there a most ...
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A puzzle on knotted surfaces

Only after having learned that the somehow only notion of equivalence of knots is definitely "ambient isotopy" I stumbled over this blog entry on ambient isotopy. (Had it been earlier!) What bothers ...
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Equivalence of knots

It's intuitively clear what it means that two knots $K,K'$ are essentially the same, but it can be termed and defined more precisely in different ways. Are all of them equivalent? $K, K'$ are ...
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Picture of a 4D knot

A knot is a way to put a circle into 3-space $S^1 \to \mathbb R^3$ and these are often visualized as 2D knot diagrams. Can anyone show me a diagram of a nontrivial knotted sphere $S^2 \to \mathbb ...
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Definition of Reshetikhin-Turaev TQFT

I am studying Reshetikhin-Turaev TQFT. In their paper or in the book " Quantum invariants of knots and 3-manifolds", they first define an invariant $\tau(M)$ for a closed orientable 3-manifold $M$ and ...
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Genus of fattened knots and links

Imagine you take a knot or link, and "fatten" it as much as possible, so that the surface is snug against itself at several places. Then "fuse" it into a solid object. What I have in mind is ...