By George Hart for the Museum of Mathematics


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


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


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


The possibilities for making beautiful geometric constructions are unlimited.


Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy person’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

  • Andy Johnson

    These remind me of Rose Art’s ‘Magnetix’ sets… in which I build tetrahedron and other various polyhedra and my son gets a kick out of maniacally destroying them for me. Gotta love the 3 year old!

  • Makers Market

    Those are just gorgeous.

  • v8extra

    Your scuptures are astounding!