Math Monday: Mathematical Coffee Table

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Math Monday: Mathematical Coffee Table

By George Hart for the Museum of Mathematics

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Continuing last week’s theme of mathematical coffee tables, here is one designed by Michael Serra, inspired by the work of Piet Hein.

The base consists of six pieces from a set of Hein’s SOMA puzzle, so the remaining two pieces are available as end tables. The glass top is a superellipse, a shape which Hein used for many design purposes, because it interpolates between a circle and a square.

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4 thoughts on “Math Monday: Mathematical Coffee Table

  1. Dimitri Ponirakis says:

    I want one~!

    1. MikeR says:

      I’ll take two!
      Kalli Anastasi!

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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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