Math Monday: Magnet constructions

Math Monday: Magnet constructions

By George Hart for the Museum of Mathematics


What cool things have you made with magnets lately? Anything like the above dodecahedral construction?


These geometric sculptures are the creations that resulted from Robert Hodgin playing with thousands of small magnetic spheres and cylinders.


I especially like his geometric forms which remind me of Ernst Haeckel’s radiolaria drawings.


The possibilities for making beautiful geometric constructions are unlimited.


6 thoughts on “Math Monday: Magnet constructions

  1. Andy Johnson says:

    These remind me of Rose Art’s ‘Magnetix’ sets… in which I build tetrahedron and other various polyhedra and my son gets a kick out of maniacally destroying them for me. Gotta love the 3 year old!

  2. Makers Market says:

    Those are just gorgeous.

  3. v8extra says:

    Your scuptures are astounding!

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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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