String Art Ideas?
Date: Thu, 03 Nov 1994 13:15:07 -0400 (EDT) From: Anonymous Subject: Construct. resource ? for the good Dr. I would like to know the names of some good books for mathematically constructing string art designs. Also I would like to know the names of some good books for constructing drawn figures that go way beyond the simple constructions in the average 10th grade geometry book. Preference would be for figures that could be done with a compass and a ruler, but anything interesting would be great! Thanks!!!!!! Sharon email@example.com
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 1994 00:35:51 -0500 From: Anonymous Subject: Re: Construct. resource ? for the good Dr. We don't have any string art resources for you off the top. But we'll ask around. For constructing figures, look at the Serra _Discovering Geometry_ text in the opening chapters. Also contact Key Curriculum, publishers of Sketchpad. I don't have my information on Key here but one number is 510-548-2304. -- steve Date: Wed, 9 Nov 1994 12:09:04 -0500 From: Jane Stavis Dear Sharon, Steve Weimar forwarded your post to me. I have an old xerox I inherited of a pamphlet entitled "Mathematical Topics: Curve stitching" put out by Oxford University Press in 1960. While you quite likely have most of the actual designs presented, it does have some interesting background information. If you send me your US Mail address, I'd be glad to send you a xerox. Thinking about your topic, however --and thinking about the active teaching of computers--I was wondering if computer programs are used to create curve stitching designs these days --whether that be within a simple draw program, using Logo, or using a programming language--and what the pros and cons are of a computer approach, the pencil and paper versions usually done, and an actual stitching with some sort of string/thread. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts based upon your particular goals (and the realities of equipment and time). I also have a variety of compass drawing patterns that I have worked with over the years that are just plain fun. Let me know if you would like a copy of the pamphlet and/or the compass designs. -Jane Stavis Westtown School
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