Knotty Knits: An Exploration of Math and Crafts

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Sabetta Matsumoto, Ph.D.

Date: Friday, Jan 28, 2022

Start time: 4:00 p.m.

End time: 5:00 p.m.

Location: Zoom (password: VCUMATH121)

Audience: General

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Sabetta Matsumoto, Ph.D., from Georgia Institute of Technology will be discussing creative crafts and math research. What can physics learn from crochet? How does a simple stitch change the stretch of a scarf, and how are modern materials and manufacturing learning from their wooly ancestors? Join Matsumoto for a talk about curvature using pattern making, symmetries using quilt squares and flags, hyperbolic space using quilting at crochet, and knot theory and coding using knits.

Matsumoto is an assistant professor in the School of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is passionate about using textiles, 3D printing and virtual reality to teach geometry and topology to the public.

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Colloquium Seminars are held on select Fridays throughout the year. These broad audience presentations are intended to introduce the VCU community to the world of mathematics. Colloquium presentations explore topics in mathematics, applied mathematics, math history and education, and the exciting connections between math, science, art and humanities.

Sponsor(s): Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics

Event contact: Allison Moore, Ph.D.,