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Made me laugh out loud!

From World Wide Words: 683-4: What I've learned this week (also here);

Mathematical crocheters triumph In the issue of 27 February, you may have read about shortlisted entrants for the Diagram prize run by The Bookseller magazine, which rewards the oddest book title of the year. Following an online poll, the 2009 winner was announced yesterday (Friday): Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes by Dr Daina Taimina. The prize’s organiser, Harold Bent, said that, even in these credit-crunched times, oddly-titled books are proving highly recession-resistant. “This book is a worthy champion to stand alongside the likes of Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers and Living with Crazy Buttocks as winners.” Philip Stone of The Bookseller commented, “What won it for Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes is that, very simply, the title is completely bonkers. One hopes that Dr Taimina’s win prompts other enlightened crocheters, knitters and embroiderers to produce similar works, so I look forward to seeing books such as Cross-stitching String Theory and Felting Feats with Phenomenology adorning bookshop shelves in the near future.”

I think I want to read Living with Crazy Buttocks, Cross-stitching String Theory and Felting Feats with Phenomenology! ;-p


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Mar. 30th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
He obviously didn't read the book at all. Crochet does allow you to visualize hyperbolic planes by holding them in your hand. I know it's meant to by funny, and it's cool that the book won, but it would be nice if he wasn't just making fun of the book.
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