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Machine Project
Spin!
Discover!
Crocheting the Hyperbolic Plane
with Dr. Daina Taimina
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Date & Time
July 16
Location
Machine Project
Map
Pricing
Free

Until the nineteenth century, mathematicians knew about only two kinds of geometry: the Euclidean plane and the sphere.

The discovery of hyperbolic space in the 1820s and 1830s marked a turning point in mathematics and initiated the formal study of non-Euclidean geometry. Almost two centuries later, Dr. Daina Taimina at Cornell University made a physical model of the hyperbolic plane — a feat many mathematicians had believed was impossible — using crochet. This exhibition presents a collection of crochet models demonstrating the mathematical qualities of hyperbolic space.