Welcome to this week’s Math Munch!
If you like Rubik’s Cubes, then check out Oskar van Deventer’s original Rubik’s cube-type puzzles! Oskar is a Dutch scientist who has been designing puzzles since he was 12 years old. He makes many of his puzzles using a 3D printer, with a company called Shapeways.
Oskar has posted a number of videos of himself explaining his creations. Here’s him demonstrating the Oh Cube:
Next, take a look at these beautiful curved-crease sculptures made by MIT mathematician and origami artist Erik Demaine and his father, Martin Demaine. Erik and Martin make these hyperbolic paraboloid structures by folding rings of creases in a circular piece of paper. They have exhibits of their artwork in various museums and galleries, including in the MoMA permanent collection and the Guided By Invoices gallery in Chelsea, NYC. So, if you live in NYC, then you could go see these!
Want to learn how to fold your own hyperbolic paraboloid? Erik has these instructions for making one out of a square piece of paper with straight folds.
Finally, here is a wonderful video made of Norton Juster’s picture book, The Dot and the Line. Enjoy!