Category Archives: geometry

Link: Chat Noir

Just a link for you today: Chat Noir is a fun game where you try to trap a cat before it escapes. It’s quite mathematical, too. Can you figure out strategies for trapping the cat? Can you always win, or … Continue reading

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I made a Straws Thingy!

I finished my Straws Thingy! (You can see bigger versions of all the photos here.) It’s made out of 60 straws, 12 of each color. Three straws make a triangle; four triangles of each color are woven into a tetrahedron; … Continue reading

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Making stuff!

Recently I have been on a sort of kick making physical mathematical objects. First, inspired by this post on mathcraft.wonderhowto.com, I’ve learned how to fold origami Sonobe units and assemble them into various polyhedral things. So far, I’ve made a … Continue reading

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Mystery curve, animated

As a follow-on to my previous post, here’s an animation (17MB) showing how the “mystery curve” arises as a sum of circular motions: Recall that the equation for the curve is . The big blue circle corresponds to the term—it … Continue reading

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Random cyclic curves

Princeton Press just sent me a review copy of a new book by Frank Farris called Creating Symmetry: The Artful Mathematics of Wallpaper Patterns. It looks amazing and I’m super excited to read it. Apparently John Cook has been reading … Continue reading

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Factorization diagram posters!

I’ve finally gotten around to making a nice factorization diagram poster: You can buy high-quality prints from Imagekind. (If you order soon you should have them before Christmas! =) I’m really quite happy with imagekind, the print quality is fantastic … Continue reading

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Straightedge and compass construction challenges

I haven’t written here in quite a while—I’ve switched into “work on research for my dissertation really hard so that I can actually graduate” mode, and with a 21-month old in the mix that leaves very little time for blogging. … Continue reading

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