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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:

chaim hilbert steel Math Monday: 3D Hilbert curve in steel pipe

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

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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 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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