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Poincare Plane mathematical quilt made by Elaine K
Poincare Plane mathematical quilt made by Elaine Krajenke
Poincare Plane mathematical quilt made by Elaine Krajenke Ellison, 1994. Overhead view of the whole object on grey
Work Type
Mathematics
Date
1994
Location
West Lafayette
Material
complete
cotton
Measurements
overall: 10 x 1000 mm
Description
Poincare Plane mathematical quilt made by Elaine Krajenke Ellison, 1994.
The signature object of the exhibition, this quilt can be seen to symbolise both order and obsession. Defined by mathematics, it requires an increasingly obsessive attention towards its edges. It also, unusually, embodies all four motivations for mathematics: Escher s desire for beauty, Poincare s grasp of the power of geometry, Ellison s use of quilts for teaching, and, last but not least, fun.\n\nThis type of representation of a non-Euclidean geometry called hyperbolic geometry, where the angles of a triangle add up to less than 180 degrees, was first suggested by Eugenio Beltrami in 1868. Henri Poincare went beyond this to see it as a way of defining a new concept of length. Nearly a century after its introduction, Escher was inspired by it to produce his magnificent and well-known series Circle Limits, upon which the quilt is based.
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ID Number
co531358
Source
Image and original data from Science Museum Group
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