Topology Explains Why Automobile Sunshades Fold Oddly

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Abstract:

Automobile sunshades always fold into an odd number of loops. The explanation why involves elementary topology (braid theory and linking number, both explained in detail here with definitions and examples), and an elementary fact from algebra about symmetric group.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/193113409X469523

Publication date: March 1, 2009

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