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More on crochet for the science geek

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

More on crochet for the science geek

In 2004, the mathematics journal Mathematical Intelligencer published instructions for crocheting your very own chaos model. Two professors in Bristol University’s Department of Engineering Mathematics, Dr. Hinke Osinga and Professor Bernd Krauskopf, were trying to create a computer model of the paths a leaf might take in a turbulent river. They used something called the Lorenz equations, which can be used to describe chaotic systems.

The result? A thing of curves and beauty containing more than 25,000 crochet stitches—or about as many stitches as a large-ish, dense afghan. 

Pretty cool, isn’t it?!

:) Cheryl

Picture from press release, EurekAlert!, December 16 2004

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