A GOOD REMINDER TO BE...
Actually these hyperbolic forms can be glimpsed all around, in the ruffled edges of kale leaves, the ruching that “Project Runway” designers favor, rippling ballerina tutus and drugstore scrunchies that girls use to gather a ponytail.
Yet mathematicians hadn’t focused attention in their direction. It wasn’t until 1997 that Daina Taimina, a mathematics researcher at Cornell who had learned to crochet as a child in Latvia, realized that by continually adding stitches in a precise repeating pattern she could create three-dimensional models of hyperbolic geometry.
For the first time mathematicians could, as Ms. Wertheim said, “hold the theorems in their hands.”
Patricia Cohen. Want to Save A Coral Reef? Bring Along Your Crochet Hook. New York Times. March 4, 2008.
I was walking along Front St. the other day while visiting a friend in the financial district and I spied a little sign down a cobble stoned side street reading “provisions”. This, of course, peaked my interest due to the fact that I grew up playing hide and seek with my brother among the isles of another store by the very same name. Upon closer inspection it became clear that it was absolutely necessary to bide my time for a full hour at a nearby café for said shop to open. How could I not??? The façade was covered in black board paint! How brilliant is that? Plus I was on a mission to find some balsamic vinegar that was delicious but not painfully expensive… and 75 minutes later voila!! My prayers answered: a beautiful bottle of balsamic, plus a bottle of buttery melt in your mouth olive oil (Stonehouse, estate blend) and to top it all off, a bar of irresistibly wrapped Fleur de Sel Mast Brothers Chocolate. I could have gone on but it was necessary to edit to the essentials while surrounded by luscious goodness. Yes, I was sipping olive oil, discussing flavor subtlety, and getting excited about gluten free baking with Rachelle, the gorgeous brunette proprietress, before noon on a Thursday… hmmm, life is just so delicious sometimes. Besides recently opening Provisions, Rachelle is also launching her own line of gluten free baking mixes called Sweet Tallulah. Yay for gluten free loveliness!!! And for people who are doing beautifully crafted things with so much care it makes you want to tell the world.
provisions 150 Beekman St.