Oddest book title of the year: 'Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes'!

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London, March 26 (ANI): 'Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes' has won the Diagram Prize, which rewards the oddest book title of the year.

Dr Daina Taimina, a mathematician at Cornell University in New York, who wrote the book, won with 42 percent of the public vote.

"I have never received a prize. My career has been quite bizzare so I do think that this award really reflects it - I am proud," the Telegraph quoted Taimina as saying.

'What Kind of Bean is this Chihuahua?' by Tara Jansen-Meyer, and 'Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich' by James Yannes were also in the running.

Taimina confessed that she had not decided the title of her book.

She said: "Since I was expecting the publisher to come up with a great title for marketing purposes I told him to put whatever he wanted and this seemed very appropriate.

"We published a joint paper on crocheting on hyperbolic planes and he got all the emails.

"People gave him all the credit - the usual misconceptions of a woman not having a brain - but I thought that at least the crocheting credit could have been left to me. Well, I suppose now it is finally!"

Horace Bent, of The Bookseller magazine, the man behind the awards, said: "When the credit crunch began to bite British publishing, I feared oddly-titled books would suffer in a climate that was prompting publishers to focus on more bankable works - like frankly lamentable biographies of Z-list "celebrities" and those depressing white books with doleful children on the cover.

"But I am delighted that oddly-titled books proved recession-resistant, and I believe Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes is a worthy champion."

The first Diagram Prize was awarded to 'Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice' in 1978. (ANI)

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