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Crocheting in math

Crocheting in math

How do you study a form that has no equation? Mathematician David Henderson was fuming at a taped-together paper model that kept on tearing when his wife, also a mathematician, said, "I can crochet that." Daima Taimina realized that while paper models fell apart with handling, a soft, crocheted model could be turned inside out, tugged, and stretched without worry. Taimina’s "mathematical crochets" have become world famous, and, while art galleries have displayed them for their beauty, she remains insistent that they are, first and foremost, made by math.

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Last updated by Ginger L. on March 14, 2011

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