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**Octonions**

Jonathan Hackett, Louis Kauffman

11 pages, 11 figures

(Submitted on 14 Oct 2010)

"In this paper we review the topological model for the quaternions based upon the Dirac string trick. We then extend this model, to create a model for the octonions - the non-associative generalization of the quaternions."

This is primarily a math paper. But it might (like many other math innovations) have some application to physics.

Any comment?

As I recall John Baez has written about the Octonians---but I have not read what he had to say. Does anybody know the prior literature on this topic?

Can anyone speculate as to possible physics application?