Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Move Over String Theory, It’s Yarn’s Turn

Okay, it's just too fun and it makes me giggle! So many reasons for learning to crochet and for teaching others to do the same. Schools, here I come. (after the 100+ heat is gone)

I found another article about crocheting and other crafts being used in mathematics. For instance: if you crochet a stop sign, you can fold that into a 2-holed donut or a pair of baby pants. Personally, I'll just crochet the baby pants and let the City workers crochet the stop signs. They need something to do OUT OF the heat right now.

Here are some quotes from the article:

The math of handicraft was long dismissed as merely a cute trick or an inconsequential coincidence. Now, however, handicraft has begun to come into its own as a legitimate tool for mathematical research.

“Crochet, knitting and other crafts allow people to visualize, recontextualize and develop new problems and answers,” said Carolyn Yackel, an assistant math professor at Mercer University in Atlanta.

To read the whole article (or just glance through it) click on the title of this post and it will take you to that article at "Scienceline" website.