Review: Crocheting Adventures With Hyperbolic Planes

Crocheting Adventures With Crocheting AdventuresHyperbolic Planes
Daina Taimina
A K Peters, Ltd., 2009

The other day, I read a recent article on this year’s Diagram Prize for oddest book title, and as fascinating as this year’s winner may be, I don’t personally have much use for dental-practice management tips inspired by a thirteenth-century Mongol warlord. I imagine that’s quite a niche audience.

I was intrigued, however, by an allusion to last year’s winner, Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes and immediately place a hold on our library’s copy. The author, Daina Taimina, is a Cornell professor of mathematics who uses crocheted models to illustrate various concepts of non-Euclidean geometry. The weirdness factor alone was enough to pique my interest, but since I also do a bit of knitting and crocheting myself, the idea struck me as extra full of win.

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