Hyperbolic Space

Margaret Wertheim is an internationally noted writer, artist, and curator whose work focuses on relations between science and the wider cultural landscape. The author of six books, including The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace, and Physics on the Fringe, she has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and many others. Wertheim is the founder, with her twin sister Christine, of the Institute For Figuring, a Los Angeles-based practice devoted to the aesthetic dimensions of science and mathematics. The sisters are co-creators of the Crochet Coral Reef, the largest participatory art & science project in the world, which has been shown internationally at the Andy Warhol Museum, the Smithsonian, and elsewhere. Margaret’s Reef TED talk has been viewed more than a million times and translated into 22 languages.

Making Hyperbolic Space –

A hands-on workshop in which we’ll learn about hyperbolic geometry by making paper models of the shapes that were thought for hundreds of years to be impossible to make.

The workshop I’ll give can be seen on my website – its loads of fun: we learn about hyperbolic geometry through making the space with paper models, while we discuss what kinds of geometries are possible and how mathematicians spend hundreds of years trying to prove hyperbolic space was impossible. I’ll supply the paper materials and you’ll need to bring scissors and clear cellophane tape. Its suitable for anyone over 12 (grownups, academics, artists, teenagers)



You can order a copy of a small book I wrote on the subject: “A Field Guide to Hyperbolic Space” by contacting Jennifer.conklin@keystone.edu. Email her your address and she can send you a copy for $22 (including postage). Books also will be on sale at The Gathering