A dear friend of mine made me discovered an amazing project this morning: the Crochet Reef Project.
The fact that a mathematician could have thought about using the art of crochet to model a form of geometry is so inspiring to me. It just makes me feel like helping my children develop their creativity in math even more :-)
“The Crochet Reef Project was inspired by the technique of hyperbolic crochet originally developed by Dr Daina Taimina, a mathematician at Cornell. In 1997 Dr Taimina discovered how to make models of the geometry known as “hyperbolic space” using the art of crochet. Until that time many mathematicians believed it was impossible to construct physical models of hyperbolic forms; yet nature had been doing just that for hundreds of millions of years. It turns out that many marine organisms embody hyperbolic geometry in their anatomies – among them kelps, corals, sponges, sea slugs and nudibranchs. Thus the Crochet Reef not only looks like a coral reef, it draws on the same underlying geometry endemic in the oceanic realm.” – From http://crochetcoralreef.org/about/hyperbolic_space.php
I had on my list to teach my child how to knit over Summer, but I may start with crochet !
For more details on the project, click here.