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Make Way for Mathematical Matter


Hyperstructure

Pushing on one side of a Brunnian ring creates a C-shaped loop, which can be connected to other such loops to form complicated "hyperstructures" like this.

Nils Baas and Andrew Staley

We already have solid, liquid, gas, plasma and Bose-Einstein condensate. Now it seems we may be on the verge of discovering a whole host of new forms of matter—all based on mathematics.

Nils Baas, a mathematician at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, has unearthed a plethora of possibilities for the way the components of matter can link together.

He made the discoveries while researching the field of topology—the study of the properties that objects share because of their shape.

From New Scientist
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