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IFF Directors Talks

IFF Directors Talks 2012
IFF Directors Talks 2011
IFF Directors Talks 2010
IFF Directors Talks 2009


Previous IFF Lectures

Exhibition Opening and Fractal Unveiling
Doheny Library, University of Southern California
Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 57pm

A Lecture by Ryan and Trevor Oakes
Sat. September 22, 2012 @ 68pm

Theoretical and Practical Explorations of Space

@ Hayward Gallery, London
June 12–14, 2012

IFF Director Margaret Wertheim speaks at Art Center College of Design
June 22, 2011 @ 7pm
With Dr. Jerry Schubel, President and CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific

Captain Charles Moore Talks About Plastic Trash
[IFF-L22] Saturday Jan 17, 2009

IFF Director Margaret Wertheim
Neuroscience Discussions at the LA Public Library

[IFF-L21] October 2 + November 10, 2008

Seeing Anew [IFF-L20]
A lecture by Trevor and Ryan Oakes
at Machine Project Sunday, June 24 @ 7pm

The Logic Alphabet of Shea Zelleweger[IFF-L19]
A discussion with the IFF and Dr. Shea Zelleweger
at Foshay Masonic Lodge Saturday, March 3 @ 5pm

Structural Considerations of the Business Card Sponge[IFF-L17]
By Dr. Jeannine Mosely
Sunday, September 10 @ 8pm

The Insect Trilogy
@ Telic Arts Exchange
How Flies Fly [IFF-L14]
By Dr Michael Dickinson
The Ecology of a Termite's Gut [IFF-L15]
By Dr Jared Leadbetter
What is it Like to be a Spider? [IFF-L16]
By Dr Simon Pollard

Where the Wild Things Are 2:
A Talk About Knot Theory
By Ken Millett
at The Drawing Center in NY.

Where the Wild Things Are 2
by Ken Millett
at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Things That Think:
A hands-on history of physical computation devices.

by Nick Gessler [IFF-L12]

Where the Wild Things Are:
A Talk about Knot Theory

by Ken Millett [IFF-L11]
at The Foshay Masonic Lodge (Culver City)

Crocheting the Hyperbolic Plane:
A conversation on non-euclidean geometry and feminine handicraft

by Dr. Daina Taimina and IFF Director Margaret Wertheim [IFF-L10]

Darwinism on a Desktop:
Sodaplay and the Evolution of a Digital World

by Ed Burton [IFF-L9]

The Logic Alphabet
by Christine Wertheim [IFF-L8]

Why Things Don't Fall Down
A Talk About Tensegrities
by Robert Connelly [IFF-L7]

The Art and Science of Child’s Play

By Norman Brosterman [IFF-L6]

Crocheting the Hyperbolic Plane [IFF-L5]
A Talk by David Henderson and Daina Taimina

The Mathematics of Paper Folding [IFF-L4]
by Robert Lang

The Physics of Snowflakes [IFF-L3]
by Kenneth Libbrecht

Crocheting the Hyperbolic Plane [IFF-L2]
by Daina Taimina and David Henderson

The Figure That Stands Behind Figures:
Mosaics Of The Mind
by Robert Kaplan


Previous Events

Crochet Hyperbolic Workshop
Proteus Gowanus gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Hyperbolic Crochet Workshop:
a celebration of feminine handicraft and higher geometry and a homage to the disappearing wonder of coral reefs.

at The Institute For Figuring – Special Collections

A workshop on crocheting the hyperbolic plane.
at the Velaslavasay Panorama in Los Angeles.


In conjunction with the IFF's current exhibition
at Machine Project

Sunday, August 7 @ 8 pm
Crocheting the Hyperbolic Plane:
A conversation on non-euclidean geometry and feminine handicraft
by Dr. Daina Taimina and IFF Director Margaret Wertheim [IFF-L10]

Sunday, August 7 @ 4pm - 7pm
A hands-on workshop on how to crochet
hyperbolic planes and pseudospheres

At Machine Project Echo Park / Los Angeles
1200 D North Alvarado Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026

In conjunction with the exhibition Crocheting the Hyperbolic Plane, IFF Director Margaret Wertheim will host a conversation with Dr. Daina Taimina, the Cornell University mathematician who discovered how to crochet hyperbolic surfaces. A discussion ranging from the evolution of non-euclidean geometry, to the sociology of feminine handicrafts and the finer points of crochet, the event will cap the successful season of this whimsical exhibition.

See Los Angeles Times review: [link here]

Daina Taimina is the co-author (along with David Henderson) of Experiencing Geometry a classic text on euclidean and non-euclidean space. Her work on crocheting hyperbolic surfaces has helped to inspire a worldwide movement of "math-craft" and her models have been acquired by many mathematics departments as pedagogical tools. They are also included in the Smithsonian's American Mathematical Model collection and in the exhibition Not the Knitting You Know at Eleven Eleven Gallery in Washington DC. Dr. Taimina teaches at Cornell and is currently working on a book about hyperbolic geometry and crochet.

In the afternoon prior to the Lecture (4-7 pm), Machine Project will host a hands-on workshop about crocheting hyperbolic planes and pseudospheres. The workshop will be led by Dr Taimina and assisted by Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the IFF. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn from the inventor herself. Experienced crocheters and beginners alike are welcome, and instruction will be given in crochet basics. Crochet hooks and wool will be supplied - and you are also welcome to bring your own favorite yarns.

For Reservations please see: [link here]