Configuration Spaces of Mechanical Linkages
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- Jordan, D. & Steiner, M. Discrete Comput Geom (1999) 22: 297. doi:10.1007/PL00009462
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We present an easy to survey constructive method using only basic mathematics which allows us to define a homeomorphism between any compact real algebraic variety and some components of the configuration space of a mechanical linkage. The aim is to imitate addition and multiplication in the framework of weighted graphs in the euclidean plane that permit a ``mechanical description'' of polynomial functions, and thus of varieties.