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By George Hart for the Museum of Mathematics

magnets 1 Math Monday: Magnet constructions

What cool things have you made with magnets lately? Anything like the above dodecahedral construction?

magnets 2 Math Monday: Magnet constructions

These geometric sculptures are the creations that resulted from Robert Hodgin playing with thousands of small magnetic spheres and cylinders.

magnets 3 Math Monday: Magnet constructions

I especially like his geometric forms which remind me of Ernst Haeckel’s radiolaria drawings.

magnets 4 Math Monday: Magnet constructions

The possibilities for making beautiful geometric constructions are unlimited.


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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