Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes

Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes

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Winner of the Euler Book Prize -- Awarded by the Mathematical Association of America With more than 200 full color photographs, this non-traditional, tactile introduction to non-Euclidean geometries also covers early development of geometry and connections between geometry, art, nature, and sciences. For the crafter or would-be crafter, there are detailed instructions for how to crochet various geometric models and how to use them in explorations. From the Foreword by William Thurston: qThese models have a fascination far beyond their visual appearance. As illustrated in the book, there is actually negative curvature and hyperbolic geometry all around us, but people generally see it without seeing it. You will develop an entirely new understanding by actually following the simple instructions and crocheting! The models are deceptively interesting. Perhaps you will come up with your own variations and ideas. In any case, I hope this book gives you pause for thought and changes your way of thinking about mathematics.qStudents and professors of an undergraduate course in differential geometry will appreciate the clear exposition and comprehensive exercises in this book that focuses on the geometric properties of curves and surfaces, one- and two ...

Title:Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes
Author:Daina Taimina
Publisher:CRC Press - 2009-02-23


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