Science and art entwine to raise environmental awareness

Science writer and artist Margaret Wertheim will explore mathematics, culture and the story of hyperbolic space in a public talk at RMIT University on the 14th January 2016.

A pioneering science writer, Wertheim has focused her career on promoting public engagement with science and mathematics through art.

In the presentation, Wertheim will discuss how hyperbolic forms arise in nature, technology and art and what more can be gained from the mathematical discovery that redefined the concept of parallel lines.

Wertheim gained international acclaim for the Crochet Coral Reef project, a unique fusion of art, science, mathematics and handicraft, which was a collaboration with her twin sister Christine Wertheim.

More than 8,000 people from around the world participated in the project which re-created the the coral reef using a crochet technique invented by a mathematician and exploring the hyperbolic geometry underlying coral creation.

Her TED talk on the project has been viewed more than a million times and translated into 20 languages.

She has lectured widely on the intersection of science, art and culture and her articles have been published in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and the Guardian.

She is the director and co-founder of the Institute of Figuring which promotes public engagement with the art of science and mathematics and has spent much of her career championing/pioneering communicating science to women.

This event is presented by RMIT University in conjunction with the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute's (AMSI) annual graduate student Summer School.