The December meeting was hosted by Scott Vorthmann. As usual for meetings hosted by Scott, the meeting started off with people socializing and working on a Zometool build. This time, the model in question was a vertex centered projection of a 120-cell. Unlike the cell centered Zometool 120-cell model, this model requires a great number of specialty 3D printed pieces. We were unable to complete the model in the time allotted, but Scott finished it the next day and you can see the completed model below.
There were three talks at the meeting.
Marc Roth spoke on Pascal’s triangle designs and showcased 2 quilts made by Elaine Krajenke Ellison using his Pascal’s triangle designs.
Pascal’s Surprise from http://www.mathematicalquilts.com/Quilts_-_Page_4.php
Pascal’s Pumpkin from http://www.mathematicalquilts.com/Quilts_-_Page_7.html
He also shared a Pascal’s triangle mod-10 playing card puzzle, and brought puzzles for everybody to try.
Roger Antonsen spoke about his experience at the ICERM Illustrating Mathematics semester workshop. He shared his semesters worth of concentrated math art work there. This included visualizing card shuffling, various methods of circle packing, a laser cut Hilbert curve Celtic knot, a laser labyrinth mirror Hilbert curve, using tiles to make a Hilbert curve (3 different tiles required), visualizing peg solitaire games, and a beaded cellular automata project that he worked on with Gwen Fisher. On top of all that he also quickly showed assorted works in progress that came out of the ICERM semester workshop.
Lastly, Jeffrey Ventrella gave a Bridges talk rehash on his work on “Portraits from the family tree of plane filling curves“. You can see more of his space filling fractal curves work at his website: fractalcurves.com or spacefillingcurves.com.
Curly Dragon from http://spacefillingcurves.com/
Cliff Stoll hosted at his home and Klein Bottle warehouse.
Participants were given a tour of the Klein Bottle warehouse and warehouse robot.
Cliff Stein shows off the Klein Bottle Warehouse and Robot. Photo from https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNmJSKkQAAwLaSHDm7RO8rgk5AQgbAJPaQRdivEvk3AHlNFP_lEdY1abhhDQ7UobQ?key=cmxtcFRnQk44d1VOa195WUlnaC1aT1cxbXRLVlJ3
He also shared a number of his various mathematical amendments to his home as well as an assortment of mathematical blown glass artwork.
Jacob Rus presented his work on some delightful images that result from accumulations of floating point errors. His “Non-robust arithmetic gallery” can be seen here: https://observablehq.com/@jrus/non-robust-arithmetic-gallery This work has since been made into actual fabric with the help and advice of Stacy Speyer, so hopefully we will all get to see at the next meeting.
Nan Ma presented his new website about regular star polytopes: http://nan.ma/star During the walk-through of several webpages with many images and animations, he shared the interesting fact that when you explode cells of the star polytope, the Grand 120-cell to a specific distance, they form the convex 120-cell.
Stacy Speyer brought some examples of her woven balls for show and tell, and Stan Isaacs brought an assortment of puzzles.
Additional images from this meeting can be found here: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNmJSKkQAAwLaSHDm7RO8rgk5AQgbAJPaQRdivEvk3AHlNFP_lEdY1abhhDQ7UobQ?key=cmxtcFRnQk44d1VOa195WUlnaC1aT1cxbXRLVlJ3
Scott Vorthmann organized a build of a zometool “bucky-bone” to start off the meeting. The “bucky-bone” is a model of two C80 bucky balls connected by a carbon nanotube. You can read more about this model here: https://observablehq.com/@vorth/bucky-bone
Following this, several people shared recent projects. Gwen Fisher taught about her process creating mathematical artwork with colored pencils, and allowed us to try them out. Bruce Puckett gave us a tour of his beautiful mathematical art, all coded in Java, I believe. Stacy Speyer shared her hepta-hexaflexagon project, and Stan Isaacs shared the rolling shapes he acquired from MoMath.
Thank you to all who attended, and thank you to the well-wishers who could not!