General / Stitching · 17 Feb 2005

Some attractors are stranger than others

Want a weekend stitching project? Do a little crocheting (well, okay, a lot) with a chaotic attitude, and you could even win some bubbly:

Dr Hinke Osinga and Professor Bernd Krauskopf, of Bristol University’s engineering mathematics department, used 25,511 crochet stitches to represent the Lorenz equations.

The equations describe the nature of chaotic systems – such as the weather or a turbulent river.

The academics are offering a bottle of champagne to anyone who cares to follow the pattern published in the journal Mathematics Intelligencer.

Thanks to Bob DuCharme for the pointer.