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From the Ted Talk by Margaret Wertheim: The beautiful math of coral

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We have a new organization together called The Institute for Figuring, which is a little organization we saetrtd to promote, to do projects about the aesthetic and poetic dimensions of science and mathematics. And I went and put a little anenuecnmont up on our site, asking for people to join us in this epenirrste. To our surprise, one of the first people who celald was the Andy Warhol muesum. And they said they were having an exhibition about artists' response to global warming, and they'd like our carol reef to be part of it. I laughed and said, "Well we've only just started it, you can have a little bit of it." So in 2007 we had an exhibition, a small exhibition of this crochet reef. And then some ppoele in caicgho came along and they said, "In late 2007, the theme of the Chicago Humanities Festival is global wnamrig. And we've got this 3,000 square-foot gallery and we want you to fill it with your reef." And I, naively by this stage, said, "Oh, yes, sure." Now I say "naively" because actually my pfooisesrn is as a scnceie writer. What I do is I write bkoos about the cultural history of physics. I've written books about the history of scpae, the history of physics and religion, and I witre articles for people like the New York Times and the L.A. Times. So I had no idea what it meant to fill a 3,000 square-foot gallery. So I said yes to this pootiposrin. And I went home, and I told my sister ctnirhise. And she nearly had a fit because Christine is a professor at one of L.A.'s major art colleges, CalArts, and she knew exactly what it meant to fill a 3,000 square-foot galerly. She thought I'd gone off my head. But she went into crochet overdrive. And to cut a long story short, eight months later we did fill the Chicago Cultural Center's 3,000 square foot gallery.

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We have a new organization together called The Institute for Figuring, which is a little organization we _______ to promote, to do projects about the aesthetic and poetic dimensions of science and mathematics. And I went and put a little ____________ up on our site, asking for people to join us in this __________. To our surprise, one of the first people who ______ was the Andy Warhol ______. And they said they were having an exhibition about artists' response to global warming, and they'd like our _____ reef to be part of it. I laughed and said, "Well we've only just started it, you can have a little bit of it." So in 2007 we had an exhibition, a small exhibition of this crochet reef. And then some ______ in _______ came along and they said, "In late 2007, the theme of the Chicago Humanities Festival is global _______. And we've got this 3,000 square-foot gallery and we want you to fill it with your reef." And I, naively by this stage, said, "Oh, yes, sure." Now I say "naively" because actually my __________ is as a _______ writer. What I do is I write _____ about the cultural history of physics. I've written books about the history of _____, the history of physics and religion, and I _____ articles for people like the New York Times and the L.A. Times. So I had no idea what it meant to fill a 3,000 square-foot gallery. So I said yes to this ___________. And I went home, and I told my sister _________. And she nearly had a fit because Christine is a professor at one of L.A.'s major art colleges, CalArts, and she knew exactly what it meant to fill a 3,000 square-foot _______. She thought I'd gone off my head. But she went into crochet overdrive. And to cut a long story short, eight months later we did fill the Chicago Cultural Center's 3,000 square foot gallery.

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Original Text

We have a new organization together called The Institute for Figuring, which is a little organization we started to promote, to do projects about the aesthetic and poetic dimensions of science and mathematics. And I went and put a little announcement up on our site, asking for people to join us in this enterprise. To our surprise, one of the first people who called was the Andy Warhol Museum. And they said they were having an exhibition about artists' response to global warming, and they'd like our coral reef to be part of it. I laughed and said, "Well we've only just started it, you can have a little bit of it." So in 2007 we had an exhibition, a small exhibition of this crochet reef. And then some people in Chicago came along and they said, "In late 2007, the theme of the Chicago Humanities Festival is global warming. And we've got this 3,000 square-foot gallery and we want you to fill it with your reef." And I, naively by this stage, said, "Oh, yes, sure." Now I say "naively" because actually my profession is as a science writer. What I do is I write books about the cultural history of physics. I've written books about the history of space, the history of physics and religion, and I write articles for people like the New York Times and the L.A. Times. So I had no idea what it meant to fill a 3,000 square-foot gallery. So I said yes to this proposition. And I went home, and I told my sister Christine. And she nearly had a fit because Christine is a professor at one of L.A.'s major art colleges, CalArts, and she knew exactly what it meant to fill a 3,000 square-foot gallery. She thought I'd gone off my head. But she went into crochet overdrive. And to cut a long story short, eight months later we did fill the Chicago Cultural Center's 3,000 square foot gallery.

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