Crochet News: Hyperbolic Math and Fiber Art Crochet

How interesting! Did you know that crochet is being used to demonstrate higher end math principles? As an advanced beginner in Crochet the extent of my creations (so far) has been making an amigurumi bunny, hippo and a bird that looks a bit like the twitter bird (not withstanding the dozens of scarves and hats and a couple blankets). Apparently there is a class at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland called Crocheted Hyperbolic Geometry where the students create ‘hyperbolic planes’ with colorful yarn and crochet hooks.

Mathematicians and their students alike struggled for centuries to visualize hyperbolic geometry. They glued and taped together endless shapes made of paper or fabric to try and illustrate a hyperbolic plane. The models bordered on accuracy but were too fragile to fold and bend into the shapes the mathematicians needed.

 Learning to crochet helps students understand hyperbolic geometry, McDaniel College Article

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If you are homeschooling a hard-core math lover why not hand them a ball of yarn and a crochet hook and this link Math and Fiber:Hyperbolic Geometry meets Fiber Art Crochet. Not only will you introduce the stress relieving hobby of crochet to your budding mathematician you will be present when they discover something prevalent in our day-to-day lives and how it works. Open their eyes and expand their world view all with a hook and yarn 🙂

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References:

Arts, crafts and high end math, Baltimore Sun

Math and Fiber:Hyperbolic Geometry meets Fiber Art Crochet  Learn about how to create Hyperbolic Geometry Examples

Learning to crochet helps students understand hyperbolic geometry, McDaniel College Article