Math Monday: 3D Hilbert curve in steel pipe

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.

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By 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.

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By George Hart for the Museum of Mathematics

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Back in March, this column showed a 3D Hilbert curve made of 64 PVC plumbing elbows arranged in a 4x4x4 cube. Chaim Goodman-Strauss has since outdone himself with an 8x8x8 cube of 512 steel elbows that he made with Eugene Sargent:

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It is springy, but strong enough to stand on, as Chaim demonstrates in this video:

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