Daina Taimina: Crochet and Math Meet in a Beautiful Mind

Daina with her creation and friends.

Daina with her creation and friends.

Click on the audio icon above to hear the interview.  Daina Taimina's unique work creating hyperbolic planes using crochet has garnered much attention and acclaim.  It's opening the eyes of mathematicians and crafters, and was a direct ancestor of the Coral Reef Project. Her new book "Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes," just published, is brilliant (and is reviewed in this issue).

Daina and her husband, David Henderson, visited me earlier this year, and this is a portion of our recorded talk. At the start, I a exclaiming over her crochet sculpture called "Night and Day"  shown on this page. The photos on this page are part of Daina's presentation in which she demonstrates the concept of hyperbolic geometry. Scroll over the photos and you'll see captions. All rights to these photos are reserved.

Hexagons

Hexagons

Too many hexagons for a flat surface.

Too many hexagons for a flat surface.

This drawing of exponential growth reminded Daina of a crochet diagram, instigating her explorations of hyperbolic crochet.

This drawing of exponential growth reminded Daina of a crochet diagram, instigating her explorations of hyperbolic crochet.

David's model of the hyperbolic plane made of paper.

David's model of the hyperbolic plane made of paper.

Photo by Garry Cobb, <a href="www.seaslugforum.net">www.seaslugforum.net</a>

Photo by Garry Cobb, www.seaslugforum.net