Tag Archive: models

Hexayurts and African Villages

As you may have guessed I am a fan of mathematics. Numbers themselves leave me cold, however. Even some of the great quests of modern mathematics can occasionally appear to me simply as… Continue reading

Finding Ada: Alicia Stott Boole

March the 24th is the birthday of Ada King, Countess of Lovelace. An icon for mathematicians and computer scientists as the first programmer. She developed algorithms that could be run on Babbage‘s analytical… Continue reading

Building Mathematics: The Maker Faire in Pictures

[Update 18/3/10 The student from my Communicating Maths course who helped out with the stall over the weekend has put his story up on the course’s blog: Maths Students Read the Newspaper .]… Continue reading

Reflections in spheres

The beautiful images that can be produced by raytracing reflection in spheres.

Spirographs and the third dimension

Some thoughts on spirographs and how to make them in three dimensions.

Mathematical materials

To start with a little housekeeping. I have rather neglected this blog, as the summer science exhibition rather took it out of me.  I am also going to retire the unscheduled post tag.… Continue reading

How do shapes fill space?

One of my main activities at the moment is making toys and materials for an interactive tilings and geometry exhibit at the this year’s Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.  The title is above.… Continue reading

WoW 6: Gorgeous 4d graphics

At some point I should write something about 4d polytopes. They are an incredible work of the human imagination. There are a few places you can find good information on them, just google… Continue reading

Unscheduled Post: Subtlety and swine flu

The difference between stupid and intelligent people–and this is true whether or not they are well-educated–is that intelligent people can handle subtlety. They are not baffled by ambiguous or even contradictory situations–in fact,… Continue reading

Building Mathematics: Sculpture system No. 5

[Update 15/1/10: More pictures (in the snow!) now up] [Update 16/3/10: A second sculpture built in Newcastle] [Update 13/5/10: Volcanic background] Can you get children and young people to build mathematical scultptures in… Continue reading

WoW 4: Fractals

I am often a bit rude about fractal art.  With the right software it becomes easy to create interesting, attractive, complicated images without much thought to what is happening.  It is unfair but… Continue reading

Unscheduled Post: Hyperbolic Polydron

What happens when you put seven equilateral triangles round a point?   Inspired by sumidiot who was himself inspired by division by zero who were making paper hyperbolic soccer balls, I thought I would put… Continue reading