Ok. MIND : BLOWN. Margaret Wertheim is officially my newest crush. In this TED talk she explains how hyperbolic geometrical shapes that look very much like coral can be expressed through crochet.
The idea of translating hyperbolic planes into crochet was first thought by Daina Taimina (you can watch her TED talk about it here) and for the first time, an actual hyperbolic shape could be translated into a real, physical shape.
Margaret Wertheim is one of the creators of The Institute for Figuring and has also written many interesting books on the cultural history of physics. Her first book was called Pythagoras’ Trousers: God, Physics, and the Gender Wars. The google books summary of it is:
Here is a fresh, astute social and cultural history of physics, from ancient Greece to our own time. From its inception, Margaret Wertheim shows, physics has been an overwhelmingly male-dominated activity; she argues that gender inequity in physics is a result of the religious origins of the enterprise.
Now I’m pumped for reading AND doing some hyperbolic crochet! (iomikron, are you up for some crafts?)