Daina Taimina: From Mathematics to Art

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 -
18:30 to 20:00
€5 (Free for students and MEMBERS + with card)
Paccar Theatre

Cornell University mathematician Daina Taimnia began making mathematical models in crochet in 1997 as tools to explain the basics of hyperbolic geometry (in particular, properties of surfaces with negative curvature) to her students. These fiber creations became guides for her explorations in fiber arts - experimenting with different materials, different colors, and becoming involved in collaborative art projects - for a mathematician it was stepping into different world.

OFFICIAL BOOK SIGNING of Daina's award winning book - Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes - will follow lecture. Now available in Science Gallery shop.

Thank you to TCD Maths Department for their support and promotion of this event.


Daina Taimina was born in Riga, Latvia, where she received her formal education, including completing PhD in mathematics (1990) for her work in Theoretical Computer Science. For 20 years Daina taught different mathematics courses in the University of Latvia and for more than 10years taught in Cornell University, NY, USA. She crocheted her first hyperbolic plane for a non-euclidean geometry class in 1997. Since then, she has crocheted more than a hundred more, turning geometric models into art pieces. In addition, Daina has written several books in mathematics, the most recent  for a general audience about exploring  hyperbolic geometry through crochet 'Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes', AKPeters, 2009.

Her idea about crocheting hyperbolic plane was picked up by The Institute For Figuring which they turned into worldwide project 'Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef', that now has involved many hundreds of crocheters and is currently on exhibition at Science Gallery.


Taimina's work has been featured in numerous radio features on NPR (listen here) and on TV (view here). For more articles about Daina and her work please see following: CabinetDiscoverNew York Times and The Times.