The Borromean rings don’t exist

  • Martin Aigner
  • Günter M. Ziegler
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Abstract

The “Borromean rings” — three rings arranged so that no two of them are linked, but the configuration cannot be taken apart without breaking one of the rings — form a classic artistic symbol, which appeared in the coat of arms of the aristocratic Borromeo family since the middle of the 15th century.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Aigner
    • 1
  • Günter M. Ziegler
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für MathematikFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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