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ERIC Number: EJ785412
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1382-3892
Mathematical String Sculptures: A Case Study in Computationally-Enhanced Mathematical Crafts
Eisenberg, Michael
International Journal of Computers for Mathematical Learning, v12 n2 p157-166 Jul 2007
Mathematical string sculptures constitute an extremely beautiful realm of mathematical crafts. This snapshot begins with a description of a marvelous (and no longer manufactured) toy called Space Spider, which provided a framework with which children could experiment with string sculptures. Using a computer-controlled laser cutter to create frames for weaving string, not only can we recreate the original toy, but we can also experiment with a variety of new frame geometries. This snapshot concludes with a discussion of additional ways in which computational tools and output devices can enhance the practice of this particular mathematical craft.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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