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Sinuous Plateau

Sinuous Plateau; Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, 2016

Team: Adrian Aguirre

Plateau. A land area having a relatively level surface considerably raised above adjoining land on at least one side, and often cut by deep canyons. 375 more words



I like it when apparently simple things evolve all by themselves into complex objects. Like watching cactus seeds grow into cacti. That was a distraction, but I do like it. 218 more words

Taming the Snakes

Computer scientists, dog owners, parents, and most other generic humans are happy when their trained subjects behave as expected. Mathematicians are happy when things develop other then expected. 236 more words


The Trefoil Knot

In mathematics, even the simplest things can have an astounding depth. Let’s for instance take the trefoil knot, the simplest knot there is:

One can replace the tube by a ribbon, like so: 104 more words


Deceiving Simplicity (Annuli VI)

Just three months before his death on July 20, 1866 (150 years ago), Bernhard Riemann handed a few sheets of paper with formulas to Karl Hattendorff, one of his colleagues in Göttingen. 304 more words


Scherk meets Enneper

My little excursions into the history of minimal surfaces continues with a contribution of Heinrich Scherk from 1835. Making assumptions that allowed him to separate variables in the so far intractable minimal surface equation, he was able to come up with several quite explicit solutions, two of which are still of relevance today. 151 more words