The future we deserve

Telling the future is impossible, yet we have to do it every day. We need to be realistic at the same time as allowing some hope, as not trying for better things is… Continue reading

Being wrong

I hate being wrong, ask anyone in my family, they will get that slightly weary look and agree (and I am not the only one). I have tried to counter this by learning… Continue reading

Word powers of ten

How do we understand the number of words on the internet? Its hard to even grasp how many there are, and the number is growing so rapidly. Trying to understand a similar problem,… Continue reading

Polynomials in Wood

What has got to do with wood? Like you until a few days ago I would have said “Probably nothing” then I came across this chart: Where it relates to how the bending… Continue reading

2+2 = 1? Patterns in Modular arithmetic

When someone is talking about the absolute truth of mathematics and declares that once you have defined 2 and +, then 2+2 must equal 4, there is a slightly glib response: but 2+2… Continue reading

Hyperboloid lighting

The hyperboloid of one sheet is a fascinating shape that turns up in many places. It was therefore a great example to take for a test of thearender which I recently purchased. This… Continue reading

Don Quixote tilts at Zeta functions

A friend of mine, Rohit Gupta (@fadesingh) has been doing some of the most creative mathematics communication out there. Using myths, stories, puzzles and poetry he has been making deep questions of mathematics… Continue reading

Magnetic Klein Quartic

The Klein Quartic is a absolutely fascinating object and worthy of a post in its own right, or even a book. It is clear evidence of the explosion of imagination and creativity in… Continue reading


CAMel is a project to develop Rhino Grasshopper components for CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing). Hence the silly name. It is very much work in progress, but if you are brave enough, here is… Continue reading

The University Project: Stories and Science

For background you might start with these two pieces from Dougald Hine: About this university… The University Project: Five Reasons I can’t tell stories. I am a mathematician, I find rules. I want… Continue reading

The Academy: Axiom 1

The rule This post is not trying to do anything clever. It is making a statement that seems self-evident: There are three ways to gain understanding of the world: Personal experience Systems of… Continue reading

Hexayurt dome details and models

Edit 4/8/12: Andrew Maxwell, Tracy Suskin, Ying Yang, students at SAIT polytechnic in Canada, have put together the engineering details for the tri-dome. People are now starting to build my tri-dome and quad-dome… Continue reading