This Galaxy Puzzle is Infinite, Like the Universe

Thanks to some mathematical brains, this Infinite Galaxy Puzzle has no end. Or rather, it has endless possibilities and solutions since it can be assembled in any direction and in any shape—meaning it can be put together over and over again with all different outcomes. Based on the Klein Bottle, “an impossible 3D shape where the inside and outside are mathematically indistinguishable,” this 133-piece, laser-cut …

Mathematician John Nash’s Obituary

Long before the award-winning film “A Beautiful Mind” made his name famous, John Nash—who recently died in a taxi crash at the age of 86—was already a star in the world of mathematics and economics. As a post-graduate student at Princeton University, Nash developed mathematical theories that would later earn him international recognition. In 1959, illness took over, curtailing his research and leading to the …

Geometric Portraits by Allison Kunath

Re-imagining the human form through geometrical patterns and shapes

by Chérmelle D. Edwards Allison Kunath, a Los Angeles-based visual artist and fashion designer, has developed a distinct style over the past few years, creating geometric portraits of people—such as famed figures like Maya Angelou and Frida Kahlo—as well as animals. “It was a merger of two styles into my own, fragmenting human forms into geometric shapes and detailed illustration,” Kunath tells CH. “I use …

Inspired by Alchemy

Designers visit the theme of alchemy by mixing mathematics with magic

by Stefano Caggiano Design is all about making things more than they are initially—more efficient, more beautiful, more meaningful. In their work in improving reality, designers take care of all dimensions, from the functional, material ones to the aesthetic, conceptual ones. They are the ones who turn matter into meaning by shaping it into significant aesthetics. Designers can thus be compared to alchemists—the ancient “scientists” …

MoMATH

National Museum of Mathematics offers new perspectives on making the subject approachable

In opening to the general public in NYC last weekend, the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMATH) became the only numerically-focused museum in North America. The idea behind the museum dedicated to the quantitative field, according to mathematician, founder and executive director Glen Whitney, stems from the desire “to remove some of the barriers that prevents people from getting into math” and challenge the idea that …