The Art of Mathematics

Margaret Wertheim

Margaret Wertheim

Several years ago science journalist, Margaret Wertheim, took on a rather bizarre-sounding project that combined “mathematics, marine biology, feminine handicraft and environmental activism.” Click the link below to watch the Ted Talk where Ms. Wertheim reveals, with a decidedly low-tech methodology, the convoluted relationship between crochet, coral reefs and hyperbolic geometry. Confused? She’ll explain all. “It’s as plain as the lettuce on your plate.”

Note: A transcript of the talk is available on the site.

Crochet coral and complex math

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