On this Day in History Quilts 2013: January 8

Prime quilts.
On this day in 1816 pioneering mathematician Sophie Germain, was awarded a grand prize by the French Academy of Sciences for her work on number theory that revealed patterns produced by vibration. The construction of modern skyscrapers utilizes this applied mathematics foundations developed by Germain at age 40.  Germain died at age 55 from breast cancer. A school and a street in Paris are named in her honor, and certain prime numbers are now referred to as “Sophie Germain primes.”

1-6-83_1.8.13Matrix IV: All Buttoned Up is a small wall quilt made by Karen Fisher of Tucson, Arizona, for the 2008 Quilt Alliance contest. Fischer wrote in her artist’s statement: My Matrix quilts are based on a simple mathematical formula: columns of background plus rows of foreground create areas of interacting color and value…Each quilt explores scale, color arrangement, and finishing techniques. I plan at least three more, and I continue to have fun with these very formal color explorations.”

View this quilt
on The Quilt Index to read more about it’s history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view.

Sources:
http://womenshistory.about.com/od/sciencemath1/a/sophie_germain.htm

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance
amy.milne@quiltalliance.org

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The Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our International quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation's diverse peoples and their communities. In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals: To promote the understanding of the quilt as an important grassroots art form. To make information about quilts available to a broad public. To educate the public about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.

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