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TEDTalks [eVideo - Films on Demand] : Margaret Wertheim - The Beautiful Math that Links Coral, Crochet, and Hyperbolic Geometry

Author: Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Infobase.; TED Conferences LLC.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Infobase, [2012], ©2009.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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By masterminding a project to model a coral reef armed only with crochet hooks, Margaret Wertheim hopes to bring some of the most complicated mathematical models embodied in our universe into the minds (and hands) of the masses. By modeling these complex equations in physical space, this technique can help mathematicians see patterns and make breakthroughs. The science writer (along with her twin sister Christine)  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Videorecording
Educational films
Internet videos
Additional Physical Format: Originally produced:
TED Conferences LLC, 2009
Named Person: Margaret Wertheim
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Infobase.; TED Conferences LLC.
OCLC Number: 1027750940
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Films on Demand eVideo.
Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Infobase on August 17, 2012.
Films On Demand is distributed by Infobase for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Title from distributor's description.
Target Audience: 6-12.
Description: 1 online resource (1 video file (16 min.)) : sound, color
Contents: Responding to Coral Reefs in Danger (2:20) --
Coral Reef Project Grows (2:21) --
Crochet and Hyperbolic Geometry (5:13) --
Evolutionary Tree of Crochet Life (2:39) --
Kindergarten for Adults (2:36) --
Credits: TEDTalks: Margaret Wertheim --
The Beautiful Math that Links Coral, Crochet, and Hyperbolic Geometry (0:05).
Other Titles: Beautiful Math that Links Coral, Crochet, and Hyperbolic Geometry
Margaret Wertheim
Margaret Wertheim - The Beautiful Math that Links Coral, Crochet, and Hyperbolic Geometry
Responsibility: TED Conferences LLC.

Abstract:

By masterminding a project to model a coral reef armed only with crochet hooks, Margaret Wertheim hopes to bring some of the most complicated mathematical models embodied in our universe into the minds (and hands) of the masses. By modeling these complex equations in physical space, this technique can help mathematicians see patterns and make breakthroughs. The science writer (along with her twin sister Christine) founded the Institute for Figuring to advance the aesthetic appreciation of scientific concepts, from the natural physics of snowflakes and fractals to human constructs such as Islamic mosaics, string figures, and weaving. In this TEDTalk, Wertheim celebrates the amazements of the reef and deep diving into the hyperbolic geometry underlying coral creation.

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