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By George Hart for the Museum of Mathematics

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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.

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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 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.


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