Botanica Mathematica - a textile taxonomy of mathematical plants: International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS) public lecture

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Botanica Mathematica - a textile taxonomy of mathematical plants: International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS) public lecture

  • Event time: 6:00pm
  • Event date: 10th December 2013
  • Speaker: (University of Edinburgh (School of Mathematics))
  • Speaker: (ICMS Communication Officer)
  • Location: International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, 15 South College Street

Event details

Abstract

Botanica Mathematica is a public participation art installation which uses textile crafts, predominantly knitting and crochet, to explore mathematical ideas and botanical forms.

It was launched in January 2013 by Julia Collins and Madeleine Shepherd to mark the Year of Mathematics of Planet Earth and is now drawing to a close. In this talk Julia and Madeleine will discuss the ideas behind the patterns and show you some of the work that continues to arrive in Madeleine's studio. They'll also look at some of the trends arising as they begin to classify the specimens collected so far.

Knitters in the UK, Europe and the USA have contributed their interpretations of the project's basic pattern, The Binary Bonsai. If you want to join them, visit the patterns and instructions section of www.botanicamathematica.wordpress.com and bring your work along to the talk. Knitting in the audience is permitted!

Refreshments will be served afterwards. 

Tickets

Tickets are free and available via Eventbrite.

International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS) public lecture series

This Autumn/Winter, ICMS is planning 3 public talks from researchers/mathematicians based in Edinburgh.  These talks will be aimed for those aged 16+ and open to all regardless of background. This lecture series will tie in with Maths for Planet Earth 2013.

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