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Building a Mathematical Hanging Sculpture in an Hour

Building a Mathematical Hanging Sculpture in an Hour

Sculptor George W. Hart recently designed and constructed two five-fold symmetrical sculptures with his “Crystal Flowers in Halls of Mirrors: Mathematics Meets Art and Architecture” class at Aalto University in Helsinki.

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Mini Post-It Menger Sponge

Mini Post-It Menger Sponge

OK, so, it’s a level 3 approximation of a Menger Sponge, actually, incorporating 8,000 unit cubes, each of which starts as one-sixteenth of a “mini” size Post-It. Its creator, Nicholas Rougeux, likes Post-Its for this work because they “offer surprisingly [sic] structural durability and are easy to get in large quantities making them ideal for assembling structures like these.”

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The Batman Equation

The Batman Equation

Reportedly, the equation above plots as the figure below, which is…familiar from somewhere. Can’t quite put my finger on it.

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Taking “Digital” Literally: The Binary Hand Dance!

Vi Hart melts my mind again with a totally fun video explanation of binary counting with dancing hands and groovy music. The amount of intelligence, creativity, sense of humor, and the sheer joy of exploring ideas is downright dizzying. She makes it all look effortless. Vi Hart for Secretary of Education! As we’ve pointed out […]

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Teaching mirrors new tricks

Teaching mirrors new tricks

Andrew Hicks, a mathemagician at Philadelphia’s Drexel University, has lately made headlines with one of those head-slappingly simple, brilliant, OMG-why-didn’t-I-think-of-that sort of projects: He makes mirrors. Not the run-of-the-mill flat mirrors most of us use every day for identifying vampires, but totally unorthodox, heretical, downright blasphemous mirrors with convoluted surfaces that do tricks I didn’t […]

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