Friday, May 29, 2009

Crocheting and Hyperbolic Space

You might not think of mathematics and art as being political, but science writer Margaret Wertheim uses her crochet models of hyperbolic space to discuss environmental issues and education. She really seems to relish putting down mathematical formalism, and she exaggerates mathematicians lack of interest in "playing" with tactile models. But it's still thought-provoking to listen to her spiel, and fun to see the pics:

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