Math Monday: Magnet constructions

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Math Monday: Magnet constructions

By George Hart for the Museum of Mathematics

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

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

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

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The possibilities for making beautiful geometric constructions are unlimited.

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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. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at garstipsandtools.com.

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