27 October 11:00 AM H.P Mathscraft

Overview: A mathematical crafternoon

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Think maths, physics and crafternoons have nothing in common? Think again! In this workshop, we will use knitting, crochet and origami to explain complex mathematical and physical ideas and theories. Let your hands do the learning by knitting a hyperbolic plane or creating platonic solids out of origami. What on earth are they, you ask? Join our mathematical crafternoon to find out.

Come and go as you please throughout the event, and hear talks by artists, mathematicians and physicists while you craft the day away.

In partnership with Maths Craft Australia

Saturday 27 October, 11am to 3pm, Melbourne School of Design foyer, The University of Melbourne

Talks schedule

Session #1

12pm – Katherine Seaton, Maths Craft Australia and La Trobe University

12.10pm – Steven Durbach, artist

12.20pm – Elisabetta Barberio, The University of Melbourne and COEPP

Session #2

1.30pm – Julia Collins, Maths Craft Australia and AMSI

1.40pm – Michael Assis, The University of Melbourne

1.50pm – Marcus Volz, The University of Melbourne



Associate Professor Katherine Seaton

Katherine runs Maths Craft Australia with Julia Collins. She recalls as a child learning knitting from her Granny, crochet in the Brownies and origami from Robert Harbin’s black and white TV programmes. She loves taking maths to the public as well as to her students at La Trobe University where she is an Associate Professor and once organised a maths-bombing inspired by yarn-bombing.

Dr Julia Collins

Julia has a PhD in 4-dimensional knot theory from the University of Edinburgh, where she also worked for five years as the Mathematics Engagement Officer, lecturing and doing mathematics outreach. In 2016 she moved to Melbourne to take up a post working on the CHOOSEMATHS project at the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute. In her spare time, she is usually to be found with her trusty sheep Haggis, knitting or making origami in one of the wonderful cafes around Melbourne.

Dr Michael Assis

Michael is a mathematical physics researcher in statistical mechanics. He was the first to use statistical mechanics to describe a true origami pattern.

Steven Durbach

Steven is both a molecular biologist and artist whose work involves using scientific theory – often from fields such as genetics and evolution – and applying these directly to the language of art, to make paintings, drawings, animation and simple machinery. His work revolves around the necessity for errors in genetics in order for evolution and diversity to occur, but knowing there is a threshold of errors which systems can handle. His machines embody this idea: they are perfect in their repetitive mechanisms, but generate chaotic behaviour – taking them close to their tolerance threshold.

Professor Elisabetta Barberio

Elisabetta is a senior academic at the University of Melbourne, researching high energy physics. She is also a Chief Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale (CoEPP)

Dr Marcus Volz

Marcus is a research fellow at the University of Melbourne, where he is studying geometric networks, optimisation and computational geometry. Two of his works are featured in Science Gallery’s PERFECTION exhibition.


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