Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Chaos. It's not just in my house.

As the sea of tissues and undone household chores pile up as I try to recuperate from this cold, chaos is settling in. Fortunately the kids are pitching in so we won't need mathematics to construct instructions to explain this.

Mathematicians have, however, constructed crochet instructions for the "Lorenz equations that describe the nature of chaotic systems." This has been the raving news on many online crochet groups and is worth checking out if you haven't done so already.  In all, there are three pages to visit.
1. Crochet Pattern of Chaos Published in Mathematics Journal
2. The original News Release: Crocheted chaos
3. Pictures of the Lorenz manifold (AKA as the Crocheted chaos model.)

And, if you're up for the challenge, they even provide the instructions for you to give it a whorl. It's only 25,511 stitches ...

Will I give it a try? Doubtful. My head is so congested I'll probably need the owners manual to figure out where the ON switch is for the vacuum cleaner.  ;)

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