Ravelling, Unravelling by Naheed Raza and UCL mathematicians


“Macroscopic twisting and foldings can be found in many places within the human body, for instance, in the organisation of the gut and also in the treatment of medical conditions such as aneurysms by intra-vascular coiling. Microscopic investigations of DNA reveal the knot-like organisation of their strands within the cell and, although the correct ravelling and unravelling of these forms is known to be critical for human health and well being, the physical processes themselves remain largely a mystery. Thus the insights of Knot Theory, an examination of the twisting patterns in the tendrils of plants and a consideration of how mythical structures such as the Gordian knot might be formed, may be of significance.” – See more at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0805/08051202#sthash.4pURpPzf.dpuf
This beautiful project investigates ideas from biology and mathematics.

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