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Mathematical String Sculptures: A Case Study in Computationally-Enhanced Mathematical Crafts

Mathematical String Sculptures: A Case Study in Computationally-Enhanced Mathematical Crafts 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png "Technology, Knowledge and Learning" Springer Journals

Mathematical String Sculptures: A Case Study in Computationally-Enhanced Mathematical Crafts

"Technology, Knowledge and Learning" , Volume 12 (2) – Jul 19, 2007

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2007 by Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Subject
Education; Learning and Instruction; Mathematics Education; Educational Technology; Science Education; Creativity and Arts Education
ISSN
2211-1662
eISSN
1573-1766
DOI
10.1007/s10758-007-9117-z
Publisher site
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Abstract

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.

Journal

"Technology, Knowledge and Learning"Springer Journals

Published: Jul 19, 2007

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