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By George Hart for the Museum of Mathematics

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

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

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

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The possibilities for making beautiful geometric constructions are unlimited.

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer 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 for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’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!

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