Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Margaret Wertheim: The beautiful math that links coral, crochet and hyperbolic geometry

The Ted Talks rock.

This talk starts off almost quaint -- a group of women crochet a coral reef as an art project. It is cool, it looks amazing. But then the presenter goes into the math of crochet, and the math of coral and Nudibranchs (maybe my favorite group of animals on the planet), and suddenly things get very interesting, very geeky and very deep.

By the end she's talking about The Institute for Figuring, and how mathematical thinking has gotten a bit too separated from reality and "things" and how thinking through playing with objects (like crochet and its connection, directly, to non-euclidian geometry) has enormous potential for widening human thought.

This is a long way of saying, watch the whole thing, it's only 18 minutes and it just gets deeper and more interesting as it goes along.

Enjoy the constant march,



Patrick Gracewood said...

Wow. That was breath taking! That was some sort of land record 18 minutes. She was so clear, on point and covered a hell of a lot of pun intended.
A very sophisticated flip off to the think tanks of disembodied brains.

Deborah said...

It's a wake up call -
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