The Soul Of A New Knot

WHEN RESEARCHERS AT THE CAVENDISH LABORATORY IN CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND, DECIDE TO TIE ONE ON, THEY TAKE THE JOB SERIOUSLY. Thomas M.A. Fink and Yong Mao, seeking a fashion breakthrough, used computer models to find all the knots men might use to fasten their neckties. The researchers report in Nature that they came up with 85 of them. Taking into account aesthetic concerns such as symmetry and balance, the scientists were left with 10 knots--six of which have never been seen on Madison Avenue or Bond Street.

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