Knitting Custom Algorithms on Scarves

Fabienne Serriere, a skilled hardware hacker and knitter who lives in Seattle, has programmed her KnitYak knitting machine to create various patterns via algorithms. She mastered this skill after six months of experimenting, and can now create beautiful, elaborate designs with her 30-year old knitting machine. She uploads the knitting patterns to her machine and writes each processing script that gives her various pattern results, …

Dates for Math Lovers

If you ever find yourself making wishes when the clock hits 11:11 or 12:34, you may want to take notice of 13 December 2014 (12/13/14), as it’s the last sequential calendar date of the 21st century. After that, we’ll have to wait another 89 years until we can revel in the nonsensical wonder of the next sequential occurrence on 2 January 2103. Luckily, Smithsonian Magazine …

McBride Charles Ryan Architects: Klein Bottle House

by Kelsey Keith Applying the logic of a mathematical principle—called "Klein Bottle," a continuous volume with no inside and outside—to architecture, this breathtaking private residence is the work of Australian firm McBride Charles Ryan. Nestled among the trees on the Mornington Peninsula south of Melbourne, the principal architects on the project thought an "origami version of the bottle would be achievable and hold some ironic …