Actually, this knot was developed by American knot expert Clifford Ashley in 1910. It was inspired by a stopper, a kind of a figure 8 knot, he saw on an oyster fishing boat. Add a sprinkle of Gauss code on the knot and that’s what it transforms into.
The Gauss code represents a knot with a sequence of integers. However, rather than every crossing being represented by two different numbers, crossings are labeled with only one number. When the crossing is an overcrossing, a positive number is listed. At an undercrossing, a negative number.
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