Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes Hardback
Winner of the Euler Book Prize -- Awarded by the Mathematical Association of America With more than 200 full color photographs, this non-traditional, tactile introduction to non-Euclidean geometries also covers early development of geometry and connections between geometry, art, nature, and sciences.
For the crafter or would-be crafter, there are detailed instructions for how to crochet various geometric models and how to use them in explorations.
From the Foreword by William Thurston: "These models have a fascination far beyond their visual appearance.
As illustrated in the book, there is actually negative curvature and hyperbolic geometry all around us, but people generally see it without seeing it.
You will develop an entirely new understanding by actually following the simple instructions and crocheting!
The models are deceptively interesting. Perhaps you will come up with your own variations and ideas.
In any case, I hope this book gives you pause for thought and changes your way of thinking about mathematics."
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 160 pages
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
- Publication Date: 23/02/2009
- Category: Mathematical foundations
- ISBN: 9781568814520
- Hardback from £35.45
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Review by librarianshannon
You don't have to know how to crochet or understand geometry to appreciate the beauty of the mathematical and natural worlds. Taimina, a professor of mathematics at Cornell University, uses simple crochet forms to explain difficult concepts such as negative curvature. She places geometry in the history of art, discussing patterns and symbols used in many native cultures. She then brings those patterns and symbols into the complex math that helps in construction, navigation, and machine building - as well as the organizational structures that make up much of nature. With vivid photographs and text written for easy understanding, you'll learn how a simple fiber technique can connect kelp, Venice, soccer balls, and modern art.