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Theory of Tie Knots

Thomas Fink and Yong Mao
Gonville&Caius   St John's

Recently in the magazine Nature, we proposed a mathematical model to calculate and classify all possible tie knots. Of the 85 found, we duly predicted the four knots in widespread use (see below) and further introduced nine new aesthetic ones.

Four in Hand

Pratt Knot



Yong Mao (ym101@cam.ac.uk), last modified on 27/Oct/2000.