is well known that cables love to tangle. Everybody knows
that, everybody who ever has had to do with cables. Yet nobody
knows why they do tangle. And everybody should know it,
because this is the matter fundamental for the world.
Now all the scoffers and jeeres will start mocking: what an
anachronic problem, now, when the world is getting wireless?
it's a sheer waste of time and energy good for tangled minds
and meshed brains.
Well, it's not a waste of time and energy, not at all. Because
it's not true that the wireless world will be less tangled
than the wired world. Besides cables and wires we have lines
(and links), ropes, strings, stripes and ribbons, paths and
tracks, threads, chains (including DNA), and plenty of other
wire-and-cable-like things, matters, affairs, phenomena
(languages, thoughts, sentences, phrases, melodies, strokes,
tails, ponytails, pigtails, braids – just to mention a few).
And it's good to know that no-wires and no-cables (wirelesses
and cablelesses) can get tangled, too.
So, the issue is of unprecedented importance and it should be
neither discarded nor postponed.
But why? If cables and wires keep tangling all the time it has
no sense at all to try to untangle them. Has it any sense to
gather knowledge which can not be used for any practical
This is a very good question, indeed, and this department will
try to answer it. Right now, at the very beginning, it should
be emphasized that we never know what and when will or will
not be used for. Besides, some people like to know, while the
others don't. It's quite easy to answer the question why some
people like to know while the others do not, but we won't take
this problem under consideration here. Because here, in this
very case, the situation is different. Everybody, or almost
everybody (a lousy scoundrel who doesn't want to know what all
the others do can be found everywhere) wants to know whether
cables tangle themselves or are being tangled.
And if they are being tangled then who or what
or who-and-what tangles them. These are questions
which make our blood pressure higher, take the sleep away,
don't let us think logically. Therefore the problem should be
studied extremely carefully, with no emotions. And
systematically. And chaotically as well.
Of course the FTC will focus
both on theory and practice. This is clear. The students
will practice both tangling and untangling. And prevention –
how to avoid tangling, and how to cause tangling. And so on.
And the theory? Oh, the theory. Its range seems to have no
Types of tangles
The theory of knots
The theory of tangles, plaits and weaves
Knots or tangles?
The shape of tangles and their meaning