I have no knowledge of this law of physics having been published before, but as this is not my field of research, I may be wrong.
The law: All bodies capable of coiling onto each other will spontaneously coil onto each other.
This is a genuine law, even though it sounds like one of Murphy’s laws. (There are, however, two ‘addenda’ to it that are really Murphy-law-like.
The first is: All bodies capable of coiling onto each other will coil onto each other, thus annoying us.
And the other: Those not capable will do so too.
The necessary conditions of the capability:
1. The distance between the bodies should be small enough for the coiling to take place. This hardly needs explaining. For example, two objects whose distance from each other is bigger than the biggest size of the bodies will not reach each other, thus they cannot coil onto each other.
2. The consistency of the bodies should not rule out the possibility of coiling. (We are talking about bodies here, and things that are of such a state of matter that they do not have a definite shape are not considered bodies. Therefore, this condition relates to the exclusion of rigid bodies.
1. Although the coiling onto each other of more than two bodies cannot be traced to the case of two bodies, for in the course of coiling the further bodies can also coil on each of the other bodies, it is true that this does not prevent the coiling onto each other itself. All this implies is that it is more difficult to examine such a case.
2. The case of a body coiling onto itself is basically not different from that of the bodies coiling onto each other not being parts of the same body.
Let us examine the conditions of two bodies that are
– thread-like (that is, the size of one is a high multiple of that of the other),
– not broken by the forces generated by motion,
– moving towards each other (that is, they are in a position making this possible),
– not avoiding each other in the course of motion,
– not parallel,
– straight (that is, their longitudinal direction can be described by a linear equation).
Let them be at point of departure at a given distance from each other (fig.1).
Moving towards each other, they reach each other once (fig.2). As both bodies are long and their being parallel has been ruled out, this means they touch each other at more than one point.
For the points touching each other, it is not possible to move in this direction, so the shapes of both bodies change in a way that they ‘break’ at the points of touching (fig.3). (In reality, they do not ‘break’ but bend)
The points that are not stuck would go on moving in the same direction as hitherto, but they cannot, due to their not breaking away. Their courses will be circular until the two stems of the threads meet. This way, two two-stemmed threads with a common point will be created (fig.4).
In case there is also an attraction between the threads, the process does not come to an end with this, as due to the impact of the attraction, the motion on the circular course continues on both threads, and the points may create a double spiral (fig.5)
Those who would like to know what this process leads to, should have a look at figure 6, which shows the tangles in the cord of my laptop’s adapter just taken out of its case.
And those who wonder if the discovery of this law has any significance, should consider that thus way it can be explained how the double spiral in the DNA came into being.
Dr. Endre Simonyi