Neuroscience and the Classroom: Making Connections
- Gordian knot
- A term often used as a metaphor for an intractable problem solved by a bold stroke ("cutting the Gordian knot"). In Greek legend, the Gordian knot was the name given to an intricate knot used by the peasant Gordius, who became King of Phrygia, to secure his oxcart. Oracles foretold that, not only would Gordius become King, but he who untied the knot would rule all of Asia. Alexander the Great severed the knot with a powerful stroke of his sword.