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By George Hart for the Museum of Mathematics

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If you are looking for a giant canvas on which to make mathematical patterns, how about fields of snow? Simon Beck has been stomping out giant patterns for years with just snow shoes. Here are some of his more mathematical examples: a Koch curve, a Sierpinski triangle, and the pattern of overlapping circles that everyone likes to make with a drawing compass.

All you need to make your own is some fresh snow and imagination.

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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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  1. Bob says:

    A human made these with snow shoes? Nonsense! Impossible! It must’ve been aliens who travelled here across hundreds of light years so they could … uh … play in the snow .. or … uh … cut down wheat fields … or something like that.

  2. Al Gore says:

    Snow? What snow?

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