# Self-Linking for Curves in Three Space

Gauss was one of the first mathematicians to investigate the concept of
linking
of space curves. He defined a mapping from a pair of curves to the two-sphere, and defined the linking number to be the algebraic number of times the sphere was covered by the image of the mapping.

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