YQI/Franke Program Nontechnical talk - Daina Taimina - Crocheting adventure with the hyperbolic planes

Event time: 
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Auditorium 102 See map
63 High Street
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Join us for the 4th talk of YQI series of nontechnical talks aiming to bring a new regard to quantum physics and STEM by having experts cast new light on often-overlooked aspects of scientific work. For this event, we will investigate the intersectionality between mathematics and crochet & craft with Diana Taimina.

sphere has a constant positive curvature, a banana has positive and negative curvature. A surface with constant negative curvature, called a hyperbolic plane, has been traditionally difficult to visualize. While attending a geometry workshop in 1997 at Cornell, Daina Taimina saw the fragile paper models of hyperbolic planes used by mathematicians to visual theses complex shapes. She decided to try to make more durable models, and did so by crocheting them. Daina’s curvy creations, made of yarn, are a great example of art influencing mathematics and vice-versa.

This event is co-sponsored by The Franke Program in Science and the Humanities.