Discover the maths behind the craft and the craft behind the maths at the Dunedin Maths Craft Day.
Enjoy craft? Then you probably enjoy mathematics too – you just may not know it yet. This is the idea behind Maths Craft New Zealand, an initiative cofounded and run by mathematicians Dr Jeanette McLeod and Dr Phil Wilson, and dedicated to bringing maths to the masses, through craft. Over the past five years, Maths Craft have run festivals and workshops all over the country, and now, armed with crochet hooks and origami paper, Maths Craft are coming to the New Zealand International Science Festival.
Featuring a range of craft creation stations and public talks by mathematician crafters on the final day of the festival, a celebration of maths that promises to engage people of all ages. Knit a mathematical knot, crochet a Möbius strip, fold an origami octahedron, and flex a hexahexaflexagon. Volunteers with backgrounds in mathematics and crafting will be on hand at all times to answer questions and assist people with their creations. Our guest speakers will present a series of maths and craft-themed talks throughout the weekend, ranging in topics from folding and fractals to crochet and chaos.
The Dunedin Maths Craft Day is open to everyone: experts and amateurs, maths fans and maths-phobes, the crafty and the curious.