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Math Monday: Mathematical beading

By George Hart for the Museum of Mathematics

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Beading is a traditional craft which recently has been applied to make interesting mathematical models. Here are some impressive examples by Bih-Yaw Jin, starting with a beaded Mobius strip.

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A beaded helical surface twists through space like a cork screw.

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All five Platonic solids are shown here, using beads for their edges: octahedron, cube, tetrahedron, icosahedron, and dodecahedron.

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This is a model of a high-genus Fullerene, which in principle could be synthesized from carbon atoms.

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Given enough patience, this triply-periodic minimal surface could, in principle, be extended in all directions.

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What interesting shapes can you make with beads?

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4 thoughts on “Math Monday: Mathematical beading

    1. Thanks for that, Peter.

      Nice blog you have there. Let us know if you post anything on it you think we might want to blog here on MAKE. Cheers!

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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 man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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