Saturday, March 8, 2008

Math, and Art and Math

Not wanting to embarrass him more than I'm about to, I have to brag for one second, that my son has been accepted to the math PhD program of his choice, and will be studying Combinatorics. I couldn't begin to explain Combinatorics to anyone, so I'm not even going to try. That's why there's the Wikipedia link.

Segueing to the topic of art and math, specifically fiber art and math......

If you're a knitter, who also likes math, check out the book "Making Mathematics with Needlework" by sarah-marie belcastro. She is a Co-Director of the Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics (HCSSiM), (and also a Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Smith College), a wonderful summer math program for high school students. I wish her much success with her new book.


If you crochet and like math, check out the "crochet coral reef"! I read about this project in the NY Times recently and found it fascinating. To quote right off The Institute For Figuring website "The Institute For Figuring is crocheting a coral reef: a woolly celebration of the intersection of higher geometry and feminine handicraft, and a testimony to the disappearing wonders of the marine world." Besides crocheting yarn for this project, there's also a section about crocheting plastic yarn. How cool is that?!? (Please note that the coral reef crochet photo above is posted here with permission from The Institute For Figuring.)