Mathematical Impressions: Curved and Straight? The elliptic hyperboloid is a beautiful quadratic surface that is “doubly ruled,” meaning that the surface, although curved, contains two straight lines through each point.
Mathematical Impressions: Symmetric Structures It is an unexplained fact that objects with icosahedral symmetry occur in nature only at microscopic scales. Examples include quasicrystals, many viruses, the carbon-60 molecule, and some beautiful protozoa in…
Mathematical Impressions: Shell Games A video explaining how some seemingly complex patterns on sea shells can be created by simple, one-dimensional, two-state cellular automata.
Mathematical Impressions: Geometry of Spaghetti Code A sculpture project built entirely with right angles combines math and art in subtle and surprising ways.
2016 MPS Annual Meeting
Finding Nirvana in Numbers