Daina Taimina


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Daina Taimina participated in Ancien Régime: the pre-revolutionary world in Fall 2018 at Village West.

"Daina Taimina was born in Riga, Latvia. She graduated as a mathematician from the University of Latvia (with summa cum laude) and earned a PhD for thesis in Theoretical Computer Science. She taught mathematics at the University of Latvia for 20 years.

Since December 1996, Daina has had various teaching positions at Cornell University, USA. She has authored or co-authored six books on mathematics and numerous book chapters. Together with her husband David Henderson she is working on 4th edition of Experiencing Geometry: Euclidean and Non-Euclidean With History.

She has appeared in several mathematics videos, including Mathematics Illuminated (Annenberg Media, 2008) and TEDxRiga 2012.

In 1997, whilst exploring teaching methods to explain hyperbolic space, Daina discovered she could make hyperbolic plane models using the art of crochet. This approach turned out to be successful in the classroom. These were the first tactile teaching models – surfaces with hyperbolic geometry. Since then she has crocheted at least a hundred more hyperbolic surfaces that are now recognized as works of art.

Since 2005 Daina's crochet art work has been invited to exhibits in many galleries in USA, Latvia, Belgium, Italy, Germany, UK. Daina's work has received media coverage in the New York Times, Wired, Discover Magazine, Fiber Arts, American Craft, Scientific American, naming just a few.

Daina is known as a popular lecturer and workshop leader, always open to collaborations with others. In response to numerous questions received after her lectures and from hundreds of e-mails, she has written a book Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Plane, CRC Press/ AK Peters, 2009. This book received Diagram Priza in 2010, and Euler Book Prize in 2012. In April 2018 2nd edition of the book was published."

More information on Taimina and her work can be found at dainataimina.com.


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