Universal knot diagrams

Chaim Even-Zohar*, Joel Hass, Nati Linial, Tahl Nowik

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We study collections of planar curves that yield diagrams for all knots. In particular, we show that a very special class called potholder curves carries all knots. This has implications for realizing all knots and links as special types of meanders and braids. We also introduce and apply a method to compare the efficiency of various classes of curves that represent all knots.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number1950031
JournalJournal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2019

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  • Potholder
  • meander
  • one-pure braids


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