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A Minimal Winter's Tale

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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)
Description: For the second year in a row, a team assembled by mathematician Stan Wagon of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., participated in the Breckenridge snow sculpture championships in Colorado. In its debut effort last year, the team carved a huge block of packed snow into a spectacular version of a minimal geometric structure known as the Costa surface (see Minimal Snow, March 8, 1999). This year, a new team created an award-winning snow sculpture out of a mathematical form called Enneper's surface. The team's design effort involved the use of computer graphics to decide where to truncate what is mathematically an infinite surface and how to orient the result to create an aesthetically pleasing sculpture...

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Differential Geometry

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