John Bohannon on unusual public science engagement methods

"Sometimes you need to pull out science’s most powerful and top-secret communication tool: interpretive dance"

- John Bohannaon

In its tenth year of existence, the Dance your Ph.D. competition, run by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is still going strong. Whittled down from 53 students worldwide willing to express their research via throwing shapes, Nancy Scherich of UC Santa Barbara ultimately triumphed with her interpretation of braid theory: the mathematics underpinning the "unique representations of twists and knots in high-dimensional spaces".

What's knot to like? (Sorry.)