2017 Joint Mathematics Meetings

# Moira Chas

## Artists

## Statement

I work in low dimensional topology, and gravitate to mathematics that can be expressed in pictures. I have been trying to materialize math ideas with crochet for quite some time and recently came up with many ideas, among these, the pieces “Secret Hexagons” and “Tietze’s Dream”. I really enjoy using my pieces to explain mathematics to people, no matter what their level of mathematical maturity.

## Artworks

Both pieces address the question
What is the maximum number of regions a surface can be divided into, so that each pair of regions share a length of their border (vertices don’t count)?
In the torus, the maximum number is seven.

Both pieces address the question
What is the maximum number of regions a surface can be divided into, so that each pair of regions share a length of their border (vertices don’t count)?
In the “two holed” torus, the maximum number is eight.