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The Jerusalem Chords Bridge, Israel, was built to make way for the city's light rail train
system. Its design took into consideration more than just utility — it is a work of
art, designed as a monument. Its beauty rests not only in the visual appearance of its criss-cross
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<h3>The Jerusalem Chords Bridge</h3>
<p>The Jerusalem Chords Bridge, Israel, was built to make way for the city's light rail train
system. However, its design took into consideration more than just utility — it is a work of
art, designed as a monument. Its beauty rests not only in the visual appearance of its criss-cross
cables, but also in the mathematics that lies behind it. Let us take a deeper look into these
chords.</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/bridges-string-art-and-bezier-curves" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/bridges-string-art-and-bezier-curves#commentsarchitectureBezier curveengineeringgeometrymathematics and artparabolaMon, 05 Mar 2012 09:31:51 +0000mf3445654 at http://plus.maths.org/contentBrowse with Plus: Compass & Rule — Architecture as mathematical practice
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<p><a href="http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/compassandrule/online-exhibition">Compass & Rule: Architecture as Mathematical Practice in England, 1500-1750</a>, is a lovely online version of the physical exhibition held at the <a href="http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/">Museum of the History of Science</a>, Oxford, in 2009. Compass and Rule focuses on design and drawing, exploring the role of geometry in the dramatic transformation of English architecture between the 16th and 18th centuries.<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/browse-plus-compass-rule-architecture-mathematical-practice" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/browse-plus-compass-rule-architecture-mathematical-practice#commentsarchitectureengineeringhistory of mathematicsMon, 12 Sep 2011 14:39:04 +0000Rachel5557 at http://plus.maths.org/contentHow the velodrome found its form
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The Velodrome, with its striking curved shape, was the first venue to be completed in the London Olympic Park. Plus talks to structural engineers Andrew Weir and Pete Winslow from <a href="http://www.expedition-engineering.com/main.php">Expedition Engineering</a>, who were part of the design team for the Velodrome, about how mathematics helped create its iconic shape. </div>
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<p>When your eyes see a picture they send an image to your brain, which your brain then has to make sense of. But sometimes your brain gets it wrong. The result is an optical illusion. Similarly in logic, statements or figures can lead to contradictory conclusions, which we call paradoxes. This article looks at examples of geometric optical illusions and paradoxes and gives explanations of what's really going on.</p>
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<p>When your eyes see a picture they send an image to your brain, which your brain then has to make sense of. But sometimes your brain gets it wrong. The result is an optical illusion. Similarly in logic, statements or figures can lead to contradictory conclusions; appear to be true but in actual fact are self-contradictory; or appear contradictory, even absurd, but in fact may be true. Here again it is up to your brain to make sense of these situations. Again, your brain may get it wrong. These situations are referred to as paradoxes.<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/visual-curiosities-and-mathematical-paradoxes" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/visual-curiosities-and-mathematical-paradoxes#commentsarchitectureBanach-Tarski paradoxBarber's Paradoxeschergeometryimpossible objectoptical illusionparadoxPenrose staircasePenrose triangleperspectiveRussell's ParadoxWed, 17 Nov 2010 14:06:13 +0000mf3445337 at http://plus.maths.org/contentSwimming in mathematics
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The mathematics of foam coats Olympic swimming venue </div>
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<p>As sporting glories continue in Beijing with the Paralympics taking up where the Olympics left off, many of us have marvelled at the architecture almost as much as at the sporting achievements. One of the Olympic venues, the National Aquatic Centre, lives up to its name of the Water Cube.<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/swimming-mathematics" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/swimming-mathematics#commentsarchitecturekelvin's problemmathematics in sportminimal surfaceolympicsThu, 11 Sep 2008 23:00:00 +0000plusadmin2817 at http://plus.maths.org/contentCareer interview: Exhibition curator
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<p><i>Our career interviews usually explore the wide range of careers open to people with a degree in maths or related sciences — and quite a few of them have ended up in the arts. In this issue we turn the tables and talk to an artist who, through his job, has infiltrated the world of maths. But then, are the two worlds really that separate? This article is accompanied by a <a href=
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<p>Crocheted hyperbolic surface by mathematician Daina Taimina.</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/beyond-measure" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/beyond-measure#commentsarchitectureklein bottlemathematics and artsculptureFri, 14 Mar 2008 00:00:00 +0000plusadmin2623 at http://plus.maths.org/contentPerfect buildings: the maths of modern architecture
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<p><i>Architecture has in the past done great things for geometry. Together with the need to measure the land they lived on, it was people's need to build their buildings that caused them to first investigate the theory of form and shape. But today, 4500 years after the great pyramids were built in Egypt, what can mathematics do for architecture?<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/perfect-buildings-maths-modern-architecture" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/perfect-buildings-maths-modern-architecture#comments42architecturecomputer animationcomputer graphicscomputer programmingcomputer sciencecomputer simulationgeometryThu, 01 Mar 2007 00:00:00 +0000plusadmin2304 at http://plus.maths.org/content