#1 By: Cory Doctorow, August 8th, 2013 10:11
#2 By: Spamky, August 8th, 2013 10:50
Wouldn't LIFO be "Last In, First Out?"
#3 By: Richard Rose, August 8th, 2013 11:12
Yep, but never mind. Maggie Bowden wrote about knitting and computation in the seventies in Artificial Intelligence and Natural Man and a few people have followed her since. Always loved the analogy
#4 By: Michael Johnson, August 8th, 2013 11:41
The Inca did some fine work with this topic as well.
Quipus (or khipus), sometimes called talking knots, were recording devices historically used in the region of Andean South America. A quipu usually consisted of colored, spun, and plied thread or strings from llama or alpaca hair. It could also be made of cotton cords. For the Inca, the system aided in collecting data and keeping records, ranging from monitoring tax obligations, properly collecting census records, calendrical information, and military organization. The cords contained numeric Ar...
#5 By: tyger11, August 8th, 2013 12:41
I'm reminded of Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's Liaden books about Theo Waitley, taught to make lace in order to intuitively understand mathematical concepts. Excellent series, btw. (first one is called "Fledgling")
#6 By: Benjamin Young, August 8th, 2013 13:04
Also, there are strong and (somewhat) profound links between double crochet and low-dimensional differential geometry: when you're crocheting, you're basically creating a 2-manifold by choosing its Gaussian curvature at every stitch.
The amusing thing is that since the resulting crocheted object is flexible, you're not really choosing the way that the surface sits in space when you're crocheting: you're really only generating the intrinsic geometry of the surface. The distinction between intrinsic and embedded geometry is probably one of the biggest ideas you see in a grad school differential geometry class, and was one of the big advances in differential geometry a century ago or so. (I'm a combinatorist, not a differential geometer, so I'd be happy to be corrected on any of the above points - but I believe that I'm correct)
Wikipedia's already collected most of the links that I would have posted here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathematics_and_fiber_arts
#7 By: miquonranger03, August 9th, 2013 10:54
Some interesting ideas here; I'm a computer science student who knits rather often and I'd never thought of it this way.
(Side note: the data structure to which the author refers should be spelled deque, not dequeue to avoid confusion with the dequeue operation of removing an item from a queue)
#8 By: Cory Doctorow, August 13th, 2013 10:11
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