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  • Thanks, fbharjo, I'd forgotten. Here's more about the Efimov state and the Borromeo family: http://www.uibk.ac.at/exphys/ultracold/?http://www.uibk.ac.at/exphys/ultracold/projects/levt/efimov/

    (It's a bit iroquoisy for me because I was at a Burns Supper yesterday where we were discussing dewer flasks (and flasks of Dewer's) and how they relate to cryogenics and refrigeration.)

    January 20, 2013

  • also see borromean rings, a reference from a Sionnach comment in 2008 and gimmals

    January 20, 2013

  • My mother always told me that the way to figure out which girl was the true Latvian princess was to see which one could successfully untie some special knot. She'd usually say this when I was working on a hopeless mess of yarn or monofilament or shoelaces. But it all makes sense, since not only is Latvia the birthplace of all other languages (see goropism), but it was also the origin of all culture, civilization, and mythology.

    Thank you for understanding these things, bilby.

    January 20, 2013

  • Surely they're Latvian in origin. Ruzuzu?

    January 20, 2013

  • According to Wikipedia, in mathematics, Borromean rings consist of three topological circles which are linked and form a Brunnian link; i.e., removing any ring results in two unlinked rings. In other words, no two of the three rings are linked with each other, but nonetheless all three are linked.

    January 20, 2013