Maths Craft Festival success

16 September 2016

The Maths Craft Festival that was partially sponsored by the Department of Mathematics, attracted over 2000 people at the beginning of September.

Held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, most of the helpers were mathematics students and Science Scholars from the Faculty of Science.

Two public presentations were given by Head of Department Professor Bernd Krauskorf and Professor Hinke Osinga, while Dr Nicolette Rattenbury from the Department of Physics was on hand to show how the Menger sponge was created.

Alongside lessons to teach the public how to make Hexahexaflexagon and Origami curated by Dr Tanya Evans, the day showcased the deep links between maths and craft.

"It is my personal view that Mathematics can be perceived as an art motivated by beauty. Mathematics can be discerned in music, dance, painting, architecture, sculpture, textiles and other art forms. It was great to see that the Maths and Crafts Festival allowed an opportunity to explore this deep interconnection in the non-specialist forum. I was pleasantly surprised at the level of interest and curiosity from the public. Congratulations to the organisers on their successful effort - great event all around," says Tanya.

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