ICMS Staff and the Outreach Team from the School of Mathematics at University of Edinburgh combined forces to present The Valknut Challenge at the National Museum of Scotland’s Viking-themed RBS Museum Lates event last week. The Valknut is a symbol from Norse mythology which happens to be the first recorded instance of a topological structure called the Borromean Rings. This particular braided link was ideal material for a puzzle and friendship bracelet workshop. So Julia, Joshua, Helene and Madeleine donned their Viking gear and set about challenging the visitors to make their own Valknut. Much maths was undertaken painlessly in this disguse!
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