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Elliptical Wheels

Elliptical Wheels Tech Know Learn (2013) 18:95–101 DOI 10.1007/s10758-013-9205-1 COMPUTATIO NAL D I V ERSION S Michael Eisenberg Published online: 18 May 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013 As you’ve probably noticed, this special issue of Technology, Knowledge, and Learning is devoted to bicycle-related topics; and in keeping with that theme, this installment of the computational diversions column will focus on rolling wheels. Not just any sort of rolling wheels, however; instead of looking at plain ordinary circular wheels, we’ll expand our horizons to explore the wonderful world of elliptical wheels. Actually, ‘wonderful’’ might not be the right word here; ‘‘dubious’’, ‘‘ill-advised’’, or maybe even ‘‘disastrous’’ could be more appropriate. There’s a very good reason that wheels are circular, and that reason was expertly articulated by the nonsense poet Gelett Burgess (1866–1951). Burgess is today best remembered for his little verse about the purple cow, but many of his poems and drawings display a keen sense of geometric or physical absurdity [perhaps not too surprising since–according to his Wikipedia (2013) entry–he was a grad- uate of MIT]. The limerick that he wrote on the subject of elliptical wheels goes as follows: Remarkable truly, is Art! See—Elliptical wheels on a Cart! It http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png "Technology, Knowledge and Learning" Springer Journals

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2013 by Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Subject
Education; Learning & Instruction; Mathematics Education; Educational Technology; Science Education; Arts Education
ISSN
2211-1662
eISSN
2211-1670
DOI
10.1007/s10758-013-9205-1
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Tech Know Learn (2013) 18:95–101 DOI 10.1007/s10758-013-9205-1 COMPUTATIO NAL D I V ERSION S Michael Eisenberg Published online: 18 May 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013 As you’ve probably noticed, this special issue of Technology, Knowledge, and Learning is devoted to bicycle-related topics; and in keeping with that theme, this installment of the computational diversions column will focus on rolling wheels. Not just any sort of rolling wheels, however; instead of looking at plain ordinary circular wheels, we’ll expand our horizons to explore the wonderful world of elliptical wheels. Actually, ‘wonderful’’ might not be the right word here; ‘‘dubious’’, ‘‘ill-advised’’, or maybe even ‘‘disastrous’’ could be more appropriate. There’s a very good reason that wheels are circular, and that reason was expertly articulated by the nonsense poet Gelett Burgess (1866–1951). Burgess is today best remembered for his little verse about the purple cow, but many of his poems and drawings display a keen sense of geometric or physical absurdity [perhaps not too surprising since–according to his Wikipedia (2013) entry–he was a grad- uate of MIT]. The limerick that he wrote on the subject of elliptical wheels goes as follows: Remarkable truly, is Art! See—Elliptical wheels on a Cart! It

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"Technology, Knowledge and Learning"Springer Journals

Published: May 18, 2013

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