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

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

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

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

The k-Noids that Shireen built last winter will keep roaming the Swiss landscape, from May to August in Wülflingen. Maybe it is time to corral them. 136 more words

**Minimal Surface**

Above is a photograph of Frie Ottos work. I’ve directly copied this experiment to see for myself how the bubbles form to create the minimal surface between curves. 71 more words

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MathMod & Morenaments. The flight of the owl. Variation on Maeder’s owl – A minimal surface found by Roman Maeder, author of the book Programming in Mathematica, the standard reference for programming… 11 more words

In mathematics, a **Scherk surface** (named after Heinrich Scherk in 1834) is an example of a minimal surface. A minimal surface is a surface that locally minimizes its area (or having a mean curvature of zero). 478 more words