I met Colin Adams when I was giving a lecture at Williams college a few weeks ago. He showed me some of the work he’s done on knots and it looked like there would be some fun projects for the boys hiding in that work. I ordered his book Why Knot? right after our conversation and it arrived yesterday.
This morning instead of the review work that they’ve been doing in algebra and number theory I had the boys play around with the book. No help from me today – just open the book and go.
Here are their thoughts.
First – initial reactions and a simple knot:
Second – an attempt to construct a slightly more complicated knot. This task was harder and, in fact, we didn’t quite complete it. Something to work on later today, though:
So, a good start, though this is probably a project that needs a bit more adult help than I provided this morning. I’m looking forward to exploring this book with them over the next few days.