Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book Review: Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes by Daina Taimina

The Good
This book was a gift from my awesome friend Sooz. Love the cover! This book is a gorgeous intersection of math, art, nature, history, and crochet. It is really informative and fascinating. There are many pictures littered throughout the book. Math enthusiasts will especially enjoy the detailed explanations of advanced concepts and their real world presence/applications. I knew that hyperbolic crochet was present in lettuce and sea life, but there my knowledge ended. I'm so glad I now have this book to reference with its many examples. If you're looking for a wonderfully nerdy crochet read you've found it in this book.

The Bad
Because it is a bit elevated in its language and subject matter, the book and the projects may not be accessible to everyone. Hyperbolic crochet is fairly simple in practice. In fact, it's a great beginner's project! The way the projects are presented in this book is very unlike most standard written crochet patterns. It may have been helpful to include a few simple written patterns for those overwhelmed by the math.

The Verdict
On a scale of yes to no, this book is a yes.

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