The Borromean Rings - A Tripartite Topological Relationship

Louis H. Kauffman
Bridges London: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2006)
Pages 13–18


The following dialogue is between Bertie and George. Bertie and George are following an evolutionary path upward from the Void. In this episode they encounter a frighteningly beautiful ternary relation. The following is an account of their conversation and the epistemological issues that emanate from this experience. The reader will note that one might interpret Bertie as a precursor to the twentieth century philosopher Bertrand Russell and George as a precursor to the twentieth century maverick mathematician George Spencer-Brown. Such interpretations should be taken lightly.