The poetic enchantment of math -- and dinner

crochet coral IFF

A mathematically precise model of a hyperbolic pane -- made with crochet.

This could be interesting/nerdy/fun: science writer Margaret Wertheim will be speaking at EMPAC Wednesday night on "mathematics as poetic enchantment."

Wertheim is co-founder of the Institute for Figuring. From the org's site:

The Institute's interests are twofold: the manifestation of figures in the world around us and the figurative technologies that humans have developed through the ages. From the physics of snowflakes and the hyperbolic geometry of sea slugs, to the mathematics of paper folding, the tiling patterns of Islamic mosaics and graphical models of the human mind, the Institute takes as its purview a complex ecology of figuring.

Here's a TED talk by Wertheim about hyperbolic space, coral and crocheting. And here's a NYT article about her Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef project.

The evening is also a dinner date -- the talk is in the cafe at EMPAC and will feature food by the Epicurean.

The talk starts at 6 pm. Tickets are $15.

image: Dr. Diana Taimina / IFF


Mathematics dinner discussion vs. Cooking the Tree of Life at the same time at the State Museum: nerd collision! Sorry EMPAC, love you but sweets win. Again.

If anyone is interested in more knitted science projects, check out this link:

Thanks for the shout, AOA - tickets for the dinner are legitimately going fast and could sell out (we had to up the number of dinners ordered at the end of the day today), so if you are interested in eating Epicurean's delicious food while listening to Margaret Wertheim talk all about the poetics of math - well, I'd buy your ticket soon.

check out the book about crocheting hyperbolic planes:

this title is nominated for the oddest book title prize!

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