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Mathematician to discuss hyberbolic geometry as it pertains to crocheting

Daina Taimina, Adjunct Math Professor at Cornell University and Fiber Artist is offering a 1 ½ hour lecture and q & a for math teachers and all those interested in the combination of geometric figures and fiber (crochet).

The discovery of hyperbolic space in the 1820s and 1830s by the Hungarian mathematician Janos Bolyai and the Russian mathematician Nicholay Lobatchevsky marked a turning point in mathematics and initiated the formal field of non-Euclidean geometry. For more than a century, mathematicians searched in vain for a physical surface with hyperbolic geometry. Starting in the 1950s, they began to suggest possibilities for constructing such surfaces. Dr. Taimina made the first useable physical model of the hyperbolic—a feat many mathematicians had believed was impossible—using crochet, the most easily manipulated fiber art.

On Friday, Sept. 7 from noon to 2 p.m., Dr. Taimina will offer a hands-on session with paper cut outs, crocheted models and plenty of web based resources. It’s a great opportunity to make some new manipulatives for your math classroom. The talk is accessible not only to math teachers – but children/ students of any school age. She was recently featured in a TED talk

The class will be held on the grounds of Searsport Shores Ocean Camping in conjunction with Fiber College of Maine, 216 W. Main St. Searsport. The session is free to all educators and math enthusiasts. Entrance to Fiber College and the Shopper’s Boulevard is $7.00. Come for lunch (lunch cart available) and other the free demonstrations. For more information call 207-548-6059 or email Please RSVP if you plan to attend.