Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes
by Daina Taimina
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.
Recommended by Shannon Robinson, Access Services Librarian.