doctorow at August 8th, 2013 10:11 — #1
spamky at August 8th, 2013 10:50 — #2
Wouldn't LIFO be "Last In, First Out?"
richeyrose at August 8th, 2013 11:12 — #3
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
bigattichouse at August 8th, 2013 11:41 — #4
The Inca did some fine work with this topic as well.
tyger11 at August 8th, 2013 12:41 — #5
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")
speedymollusc at August 8th, 2013 13:04 — #6
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
miquonranger03 at August 9th, 2013 10:54 — #7
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)
doctorow at August 13th, 2013 10:11 — #8
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