The internet is a strange place – you don’t know where you will end up.

A couple of days ago I was searching on the internet for some information about Fourier Series and Fourier Transforms – I managed to find some information that looked interesting (and it was…I promise) but then I started clicking around. I didn’t expect to end up where I eventually did.

From Fourier Transforms I moved to looking at crystal-structures – Fourier Transforms are widely used in the technique known as X-ray crystallography so this isn’t really surprising. But from there I started looking at Bravais lattices then Point Group Symmetries and finally, I ended up looking at something that I didn’t expect.

Now, I know that mathematics has many applications in science and technology but I downloaded a pdf file that was linking some quite deep mathematics with…..bead-weaving. Really? Yes, really. You can download the document here for yourself. The author of the document also has a Youtube video titled Mathematical Bead Weaving which is well worth watching and even a website.

I have to say that I was almost tempted to go out and buy some needles and beads and get to work – this is a very unique and creative way of linking two topics that, at first, appear to be completely unrelated. I would love to see more of this kind of stuff.