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Week 2 - Hyperbolic Space with Daina Taimina

Daina Taimina


We are thrilled to have Daina Taimina join us for a seminar about crocheting hyperbolic space. She has presented around the world, including a TED lecture. Her enthusiasm for math, especially geometry, is contagious, so watch out!

Daina Taimina is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at Cornell University. Her book, selected Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes (AK Peters; 2009) as the winner of the 2012 Euler Book Prize by The Mathematical Association of America

Information given in the article announcing her prize provided this background for Daina:

Before coming to the United States in 1996, Daina Taimiņa taught for twenty years at the University of Latvia. 1997 she crocheted the first hyperbolic plane for use in a non-Euclidean geometry class. Since then her crocheted geometric models have turned also into fiber art pieces. She has given many public lectures and workshops popularizing mathematics for wide audiences. Her models have appeared in art shows in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Belgium, Germany, and her native Latvia. Her idea about crocheting hyperbolic planes was picked up by The Institute For Figuring and turned into the ecological project Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef, that involves thousands of participants worldwide. Taimiņa’s crocheted hyperbolic planes are in the permanent Textile Collection of Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the American Mathematical Model Collection in Smithsonian Institutions, the US State Department’s Art in Embassies Collection, as well as others.


 Reading, Viewing and Listening Materials

Crocheting Hyperbolic Planes

Hyperbolic Planes Take Off

Learner Resources

Hyperbolic Dodecahedron

Hyperbolic Geometry

Soccer Ball

Escher's Circle Limit

Escher/Circle Limit/Fractal

Hyperbolic Origami

Origami Hyperbolic Paraboloid



In session 1, we listened to how Apostolis weaves mathematics into stories.  And, in this session, you’ve heard Daina’s story. It’s now time for you to share your mathematical story.  In your blog, please share some of your mathematical self.

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