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85 Knots: Day 4 – The Kelvin

by Paul Creech on Sunday, February 9, 2014

[dropcap]In[/dropcap] the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and sixty-seven, Lord Kelvin, Baron Kelvin of Largs, also known as Sir William Thomas, posited a comprehensive atomic theorem, a mathematical theory of atomic knots.  It would later be completely discredited. But for two decades the knot theory of atomic structure ruled supreme (or at least was given great attention), explaining what had theretofore been unexplainable.  For him, Lord Kelvin, today’s asymmetrical dashing knot is named.

The Kelvin is a jaunty knot, which without effort produces a stylish dimple, though today I could not effect one.

The Kelvin is formal enough for all occasions, yet its dashing asymmetrical shape adds flare to a world of tired symmetrical over-sized knots. Every man of daring, from barrister to bartender, should rally this flag on occasion.  It took a daring man of great learning and wisdom to posit that the world’s order may be explained by atomic knots, and only a fool would ignore this one.

[box_light]Instructions for the Kelvin are available on the iPhone/iPad app How to Tie a Tie (free) and on the Encyclopedia of Tie Knots.[/box_light]

[box_dark]Shirt and tie by Brooks Brothers, suit by Calvin Klein.[/box_dark]

 

Paul Creech
Paul Creech is an attorney living in Houston, Texas. Paul has baccalaureate degrees in philosophy and political science from Utah State University, and a juris doctorate degree from Houston College of Law. He is a former U.S. Marine. Besides the law, Paul's interests include sports, art, and food.

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