# String Figures as Mathematics?Thomas Storer and the Concept of Heart-Sequence

String Figures as Mathematics?: Thomas Storer and the Concept of Heart-Sequence [In 1988, the American mathematician Thomas Storer (1938–2006) published a long article on string figures in which he developed several different mathematical approaches. Thus, he introduced the notion of the Heart-sequence of a string figure, which allows a better understanding of the impact of the sub-procedures on a particular configuration of the string. When the string goes around a finger it forms a “loop”. The idea is to focus on the movements of the loops without taking into account the ways in which the fingers operate on it. By focusing on these movements during the process, and by converting them into a mathematical formula, the heart-sequence gives a “topological” view of a string figure algorithm.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

# String Figures as Mathematics?Thomas Storer and the Concept of Heart-Sequence

Part of the Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Book Series (volume 36)
38 pages

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# References (2)

Publisher
Springer International Publishing
© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
ISBN
978-3-319-11993-9
Pages
111 –148
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-11994-6_5
Publisher site
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### Abstract

[In 1988, the American mathematician Thomas Storer (1938–2006) published a long article on string figures in which he developed several different mathematical approaches. Thus, he introduced the notion of the Heart-sequence of a string figure, which allows a better understanding of the impact of the sub-procedures on a particular configuration of the string. When the string goes around a finger it forms a “loop”. The idea is to focus on the movements of the loops without taking into account the ways in which the fingers operate on it. By focusing on these movements during the process, and by converting them into a mathematical formula, the heart-sequence gives a “topological” view of a string figure algorithm.]

Published: Oct 16, 2014

Keywords: Formal Language; Middle Finger; Conceptual Tool; Final Figure; Elementary Operation