Rupert Polyhedra: Cube

Last week, I wrote about Rupert polyhedra, and how a tetrahedron has the Rupert property. The idea dates back to the 1600s, when Prince Rupert of the Rhine won a bet that it was possible to make a hole in a cube that was large enough for an identical cube to pass through, so let’s look at how the Rupert property works for a cube.

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I Like Brussels Sprouts

At the choir I sing with, we sang a Christmas-themed warm-up song to the tune of Jelly on a Plate. It’s a simple song with just one repeated sentence: ‘I like Brussels sprouts’. The catch is that you don’t break the sentence, even when it doesn’t fit with the phrasing of the song. The syllable counts for each verse are 5, 5, 4, 4, 5, so the first verse goes

I like Brussels sprouts
I like Brussels sprouts
I like Brussels
sprouts I like Bruss
els sprouts I like Bruss

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(Not) Squaring the Circle: Explained – Part 2

For MathsJam 2019 I wrote a poem, (Not) Squaring the Circle, which features the construction of squares with the same area as given polygons. To make the poem work I had to omit some of the details of the constructions, and a few people have asked for more information about how they work. There is an explanation of the first part of the poem here. This post explains the second part of the poem, including how to construct squares with the same area as given triangles, pentagons and other polygons.

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(Not) Squaring the Circle: Explained – Part 1

For MathsJam 2019 I wrote a poem, (Not) Squaring the Circle, which features the construction of squares with the same area as given polygons. To make the poem work I had to omit some of the details of the constructions, and a few people have asked for more information about how they work. So here is an explanation of the first part of the poem, including some background on the problem and details of how to construct a square with the same area as a given rectangle.

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Fold-and-Cut Christmas Tree

This time last year, The Aperiodical featured the fold-and-cut Christmas tree I designed in their Aperiodvent calendar. I designed it to use as a Christmas card. Print out the PDF, write a message on the tree, or decorate it if you like, then fold it following the dashed lines. When the recipient cuts along the solid black line, they will open out a beautiful Christmas tree.

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Step in construction of square with same area as pentagon

(Not) Squaring the Circle

So I had this circle, but I wanted a square
Don’t ask why, that’s my affair
The crucial aspect of this little game
Is that the area should stay the same
Ruler and compass are the tools to use
It’s been proven impossible, but that’s no excuse
Many have tried it, but hey, I’m me
I’m bound to find something that they couldn’t see

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