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So I was reading a book about mathematics and a topic about hyperbolic spaces came up. The problem with hyperbolic spaces is that they're very hard to depict on 2D, and any paper models are very fragile. So Daina Taimina, a Latvian mathematician, came up with an idea - you can crochet them!

There was even a post about it on Ovarit: https://ovarit.com/o/STEM/3099/daina-taimina-s-brilliant-solution-to-physically-showing-hyperbolic-spaces-croch

I saw an illustration of a crochet and it just hit me with its beautiful flowing organic form. I had to google "hyperbolic crochet" and am completely obsessed. I'll go buy some yarn and a hook today, I can't wait to try! I wanted to start already yesterday, but the yarn I have is not really fitting with the hook.

Daina Taimina's blog: http://hyperbolic-crochet.blogspot.com/
Daina's art: http://dainataimina.blogspot.com/
A link to crochet instructions: https://knithacker.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/IFF-CrochetReef-HowToHandout.pdf
Edited to add this blog: https://darlombfiberart.wordpress.com/category/hyperbolic-crochet/ a very entertaining Ted-talk about hyperbolic crochet embedded in this one.

My hands are itching

“For God’s sake, please give it up. Fear it no less than the sensual passions, because it, too, may take up all your time and deprive you of your health, peace of mind and happiness in life.”
- Wolfgang Bolyai (1775-1856) to his son Janos Bolyai regarding the study of hyperbolic geometry.

So I was reading a book about mathematics and a topic about hyperbolic spaces came up. The problem with hyperbolic spaces is that they're very hard to depict on 2D, and any paper models are very fragile. So Daina Taimina, a Latvian mathematician, came up with an idea - you can crochet them! There was even a post about it on Ovarit: https://ovarit.com/o/STEM/3099/daina-taimina-s-brilliant-solution-to-physically-showing-hyperbolic-spaces-croch I saw an illustration of a crochet and it just hit me with its beautiful flowing organic form. I had to google "hyperbolic crochet" and am completely obsessed. I'll go buy some yarn and a hook today, I can't wait to try! I wanted to start already yesterday, but the yarn I have is not really fitting with the hook. Daina Taimina's blog: http://hyperbolic-crochet.blogspot.com/ Daina's art: http://dainataimina.blogspot.com/ A link to crochet instructions: https://knithacker.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/IFF-CrochetReef-HowToHandout.pdf Edited to add this blog: https://darlombfiberart.wordpress.com/category/hyperbolic-crochet/ a very entertaining Ted-talk about hyperbolic crochet embedded in this one. ***My hands are itching*** “For God’s sake, please give it up. Fear it no less than the sensual passions, because it, too, may take up all your time and deprive you of your health, peace of mind and happiness in life.” - Wolfgang Bolyai (1775-1856) to his son Janos Bolyai regarding the study of hyperbolic geometry.

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[–] Alexiares 1 points (+1|-0) Edited

I don’t usually comment in this circle – my ability with yarn is so terrible even my Mum agreed to stop trying to teach me to crochet. (I did figure out how to knit – eventually!) lol

But, it happens that I know of another woman whose art and writing might be of interest to you here, Margaret Wertheim. I have two of her wonderful books on physics and the internet, Pythagoras’ Trousers and The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace, and she also has one called A Field Guide to Hyperbolic Space: An Exploration of High Geometry and Its Intersection With a Feminine Handicraft.

Here is a link to her page about it on her website: https://www.margaretwertheim.com/book-crochet-coral-reef-1

She and her sister also founded the Institute for Figuring, which focuses on using art to help make complex scientific ideas more accessible. (They have an interview with Dr. Taimina up too.) It has a number of intriguing publications related to this as well: https://www.theiff.org/publications/index.html

Wow, thank you! Now I can dive even deeper into this subject. Pun intended :)