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Tinkering with Curves: Basketry, Geometry, Anthropology

16/04/2018 - 17/04/2018

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Invitation to participate in Tinkering with Curves at the Byre Theatre, University of St Andrews, 16-17th April 2018.

This is a two-day event which aims to integrate making and the intuition of mathematics, exploring geometrical ideas through basketwork, and basketwork through geometrical ideas, within the context of mathematical ideas raised by anthropologists such as Susanne Kuchler, Graham Were, Paulus Gerdes and others, and mathematician Ricardo Nemirovsky.

Beginning with basic basketry ‘exercises’, we will be ‘tinkering with curves’, giving people the skills, and the practice needed to explore the relationships between curves and circles that would otherwise not occur to us. The aim is to develop the skills that enable us to play with the relationship between maths and basketry, so that our intuition and mathematical learning becomes an aspect of the means of creation, of practice, in the context of which we can examine curves, some of which seem to be resisted or adopted by the materials. For the second day morning, the event will be open to the public, possibly with a few students from a local secondary school.

Places are limited, so please can you let Stephanie know as soon as possible if you wish to attend this event.

images provided by Geraldine Jones

Supported by the Knowing from the Inside Project, University of Aberdeen, and University of St Andrews Impact Fund.




The Byre Theatre
Abbey St
St Andrews, Fife KY169LA United Kingdom