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

## Tags » Minimal Surface

#### 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

#### Periodic k-Noids (Minimal Surfaces in the Wild II)

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

#### Frie Ottos Bubble Experiment 2

**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