Friday, December 17, 2004

Computational crochet, anyone ?

Yes, we can fold stuff, but can we knit it ?

Dr Hinke Osinga and Professor Bernd Krauskopf, of Bristol University's engineering mathematics department, used 25,511 crochet stitches to represent the Lorenz equations. The equations describe the nature of chaotic systems - such as the weather or a turbulent river.
The paper describing this, with such section titles as "Comparing with crocheting the hyperbolic plane" and "A shapeless crocheted topological disk" appears in the Mathematical Intelligencer.
The academics are offering a bottle of champagne to anyone who cares to follow the pattern published in the journal Mathematics Intelligencer.
Hmm. My mother is a math teacher and does crochet. HMMM.....

(via Boing Boing)

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