Maths Craft’s major event this year is the Martinborough Maths Craft Day, to be held on Sunday, 26 May in The Martinborough Town Hall at The Waihinga Centre, featuring a range of craft creation stations and public talks, including a talk by our special guest Eugenia Cheng! This will be the first time Maths Craft has gone to the regions, and will be a day which not only celebrates mathematics, but also one in which a rural community with few outreach activities can come together to craft, listen to public talks, discuss mathematics, and engage with mathematicians and scientists.
The day-long celebration of maths promises to engage people of all ages. Fold an origami octahedron, knit a mathematical knot, build a fractal sculpture, and listen to guest speakers talk about the fascinating relationships between maths and craft. Enthusiastic volunteers, experienced in both mathematics and crafts, will make you feel at home no matter what your age or background.
This event is open to everyone: experts and amateurs, maths-fans and maths-phobes, the crafty and the curious. No booking is required. Entry to the event is free. We also have a Facebook event page which you can share and invite your friends to.
Special Guest: Eugenia Cheng
The Martinborough Maths Craft Day will feature a public talk by our special guest Eugenia Cheng.
Dr Eugenia Cheng is on a mission to rid the world of ‘math phobia’. Her award-winning popular maths books include How to Bake Pi and her latest The Art of Logic: how to make sense in a world that doesn’t. Cheng is Scientist-in-Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She won tenure in Pure Mathematics at the University of Sheffield, UK, where she is an Honorary Fellow. Cheng has previously taught at the Universities of Cambridge, Chicago and Nice and holds a PhD in pure mathematics from the University of Cambridge.
See below for more information about Cheng’s talk.
There will be three public talks by mathematicians and crafters throughout the day, at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.
11am - 12pm, Hinke Osinga: Chaos, Kayaking and Crochet
1pm - 2pm, Eugenia Cheng: Beyond infinity
3pm - 4pm, Bernd Krauskopf: From Maths to Art and Chaos to Steel