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Crafting Mathematical Objects

The world of math-inspired crafts is vast, and we’ve collected some of our favorite resources for you to explore below!

Crocheting Hyperbolic Planes

A mathematician, artist, and lecturer at Cornell University, Daina Taimiņa one day picked up a crochet hook and started crocheting visualizations of complex mathematical ideas through yarn. Daina’s crocheted hyperbolic planes have created a tangible way for young scholars and artists alike to master these concepts. You can find more of Daina’s work on her website.

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The Beautiful Math of Coral

Margaret Wertheim leads a project to re-create the creatures of the coral reefs using a crochet technique invented by a mathematician — celebrating the amazements of the reef, and deep-diving into the hyperbolic geometry underlying coral creation.

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The Mathematics of Knitting

Professor Sara Jensen (Carthage College) teaches advanced mathematical concepts with knitting needles and wool in her course “The Mathematics of Knitting”. Learn more about how she engages students in thinking about topology and other fields through hands-on crafting! This article includes a video link to Vanderbilt Peabody Professor Melissa Gresalfi explaining how knitting can help build math skills.

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