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   xoxoxoBruce  Sunday May 11 03:47 AM

May 11, 2008; Mathematical Quilts

Happy Mother's Day, mothers.

Elaine Krajenke Ellison is a mother. She is also a retired high school math teacher in Indiana, and a quilter. She makes mathematical quilts, many of which are in private collections, but some can be seen publicly at places like the London Science Museum. Here's a small sample....





She also sells note cards with pictures of the quilts and an explanation of their derivation. I bought a set for my retired school teacher Aunt. They're a surprise birthday present, so don't tell anyone.



spudcon  Sunday May 11 06:07 AM

She won't get it outta me, Bruce.



DucksNuts  Sunday May 11 06:47 AM

I keep reading Clifford Torus...as Clitoris....think he got much shit at school?



Sundae  Sunday May 11 07:33 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by DucksNuts View Post
I keep reading Clifford Torus...as Clitoris....think he got much shit at school?
No, because they didn't have clitorises back then
But I bet no-one would read his resume...

They're lovely Bruce
I don't understand a word of it, but they're very pretty!


Scriveyn  Monday May 12 07:32 AM

quilt erat demonstrandum



sweetwater  Monday May 12 09:06 AM

Beautiful! I wonder if she'll expand her repertoire to include fractals.



Scriveyn  Monday May 12 10:03 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by sweetwater View Post
Beautiful! I wonder if she'll expand her repertoire to include fractals.
She did. The Koch curve and the Sierpinski triangle/square that she has done are fractals.


nephtes  Monday May 12 03:46 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by DucksNuts View Post
I keep reading Clifford Torus...as Clitoris....think he got much shit at school?
I have nothing but respect for filthy minds, but the Clifford Torus is the shape pictured, not the name of anyone involved. Not sure how it got the name, actually...

http://www.msri.org/about/sgp/jim/ge...ions/main.html

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Cloud  Monday May 12 05:27 PM

pretty cool, tho' pretty much all quilts are inherently mathematical anyway--you have to piece together geometric shapes, after all.



DucksNuts  Monday May 12 07:17 PM

Oh...hahahaha...I just read Clifford Torus and didnt bother with the rest



SteveDallas  Monday May 12 07:19 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cloud View Post
pretty much all quilts are inherently mathematical anyway
shhhhhh!!! don't tell!


Cloud  Monday May 12 07:32 PM

unless you do applique or crazy quilts, which can be free-form. Pieced quilts, though . . .



Bitman  Tuesday May 13 05:28 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by sweetwater View Post
I wonder if she'll expand her repertoire to include fractals.
Not very often, they take an infinite amount of material to make.


skysidhe  Saturday May 17 11:25 PM

The clifford Torus is very nice!

I am a math and a seamstress flunkie among other things but I do appreciate the visual.



Imigo Jones  Sunday May 18 09:20 AM

Belated Happy Mother's Day!

Quote:
Originally Posted by skysidhe View Post
The clifford Torus is very nice!
skysidhe, my mom had one for a long time, but it seemed like she was always taking it back to the dealer for service. A couple years ago she traded it in for a used Escort.


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skysidhe  Sunday May 18 01:12 PM

oh no. Now what manhole did I step in.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday May 18 06:31 PM

You didn't, a plane fell on you.



HungLikeJesus  Sunday Jun 8 11:25 PM

New Math Tricks: Knitting and Crocheting


Quote:
Coral reefs can be crocheted. The atmosphere can be knit. And a stop sign can be folded into a pair of pants.

Welcome to the intersection of math and handicraft. Unexpectedly, handicraft in general, and yarn work in particular, has started to help provide answers to a wide range of mathematical problems. From the way the atmosphere generates weather to the shape of the human brain, knit and crocheted models have provided new insight into the geometry of the natural world.

"Crochet, knitting and other crafts allow people to visualize, recontextualize and develop new problems and answers," said Carolyn Yackel, a mathematician at Mercer University in Georgia.

Another prominent practitioner who uses yarn work, mathematician Hinke Osinga of the University of Bristol, puts it this way: "You can get bogged down in your own standard techniques of doing things, and then someone asks a silly question, and all of a sudden, you see a new way of interpreting things."
From livescience.com.


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