Why a Knot? Our Logo
Knot theory was developed in the 19th century by a group of prominent mathematicians who were inspired by knots. They appeared routinely, for example, in the tying of packages used by sailors in the shipping industry and in the tying of shoe laces. A mathematician’s knot is different from a knot seen in daily life in that the ends are joined together so that the knot CANNOT BE UNDONE.
The founders of knot theory have spent years attempting to catalogue simple and complex knots and have so far come up with over SIX BILLION examples!
Knot tying dates back to prehistoric times. In addition to all of their practical uses, knots have interested humans for their aesthetics and spiritual symbolism. Knots appear in various forms of Chinese artwork dating back over 2000 years. The endless knot appears in Tibetan Buddhism to symbolize THE INTERTWINING OF WISDOM AND COMPASSION, while the Borromean rings have made repeated appearances in different cultures and often consist of three circles which are linked and form a Brunnian link, i.e., removing any ring results in two unlinked rings. Borromean rings are often used to represent STRENGTH IN UNITY.
After many months of researching and experimenting with different logos, we decided on a simple knot. This conveys the resiliency of relationships among people; the importance of combining wisdom and compassion in health care; the strength derived from individuals, families, and communities that work together; and the uniqueness of each of the billions of humans that share our planet.