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Giant Zometool sculpture

By George Hart for the Museum of Mathematics

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What is the largest geometric structure you have ever made? This giant Zometool construction contains 50,000 parts and is five meters in diameter.

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As this detail image shows, Zometool is a plastic construction set with hubs and struts that provide lengths and angles for making mathematical models. The effect of elegant smooth curves results from many short straight pieces.

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The sculpture was made at the Bridges Math/Art conference in Banff. Over a hundred people worked together to execute this beautiful design by Chris Kling, in memorial to him. At The Museum of Mathematics, we support this sort of hands-on building experience to convey mathematical principles in a fun, engaging manner.

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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