The Tait conjectures are conjectures made by Peter Guthrie Tait in his study of knots. The Tait conjectures involve concepts in knot theory such as alternating knots, chirality, and writhe. All of the Tait conjectures have been solved, the most recent being the Tait flyping conjecture proven in 1991 by Morwen Thistlethwaite and William Menasco.
Tait came up with his conjectures after his attempt to tabulate all knots in the late 19th century. As a founder of the field of knot theory, his work lacks a mathematically rigorous framework, and it is unclear whether the conjectures apply to all knots, or just to alternating knots. Most of them are only true for alternating knots. In the Tait conjectures, a knot diagram is reduced if all the isthmi have been removed.
The Tait conjectures
In other words, the crossing number of a reduced, alternating link is an invariant of the knot. This conjecture was proven by Morwen Thistlethwaite, Louis Kauffman and K. Murasugi in 1987, using the Jones polynomial.  Another one of his conjectures:
The Tait flyping conjecture
The Tait flyping conjecture can be stated:
This follows because flyping preserves writhe. This was proven earlier by Morwen Thistlethwaite, Louis Kauffman and K. Murasugi in 1987.  For non-alternating knots this conjecture is not true, assuming so lead to the duplication of the Perko pair, because it has two reduced projections with different writhe.  The flyping conjecture also implies this conjecture:
This follows because a knot's mirror image has opposite writhe.  This one is also only true for alternating knots, a non-alternating amphichiral knot with crossing number 15 was found, by Morwen Thistlethwaite.