Behind the Design: Mathematical Artist Henry Segerman

By on August 2nd, 2018 in Design


 3D printed mathematical objects
3D printed mathematical objects

For many of us, math wasn’t exactly our strongest subject back in school; just as you’re beginning to grasp the concept of numbers, along come letters, symbols, and shapes to boggle your mind further. 

Suffice to say, we were lucky enough to pass the subject; but for the current and future generations, understanding 3D concepts may not be so difficult.

Henry Segerman is putting a new spin on the subject with his emphasis on mathematical art. 

Instead of teaching math the old-fashioned way (i.e. boring old pen and paper), Segerman makes use of 3D printing, websites, and YouTube videos to illustrate how mathematical concepts like geometry and symmetry work.

Take for example his book, Visualizing Mathematics with 3D Printing. While it comes in a hardcover version, almost all the cool features can be found in the book’s online companion which lets users interact with the 3D objects and even print their own or purchase a readymade version. 

Once the topic in question is in the palm of your hand, understanding the concept becomes a heck of a lot easier.

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By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!