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The Institute for Figuring

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Visit this site: http://www.theiff.org/

Author:Margaret and Christine Wertheim, Co-Directors
Description: "If mathematics is a language of pattern, its structures may be seen as the verses of a formal, yet fantastical poetics. Across the globe people have delighted in the harmonies of this language and the patterns discovered therein. These are the songs that figures sing amongst themselves...." The Institute For Figuring (IFF) is an educational organization dedicated to enhancing the public understanding of figures and figuring techniques. From the physics of snowflakes and the hyperbolic geometry of sea slugs, to the mathematics of paper folding and graphical models of the human mind, the Institute "takes as its purview a complex ecology of figuring." Learn more about IFF lectures, publications, and exhibitions, such as the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef. Online exhibits include "The Business Card Menger Sponge," "Mathematics of Paper Folding," "Hyperbolic Space," and "Inventing Kindergarten," inspired by the science of crystallography, modern art, architecture and design.

Levels: Elementary, Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles, Documents/Sketches/Galleries
Math Topics: Arithmetic/Early Math, Fractals, Higher-Dimensional Geometry, Euclidean Plane Geometry, Hyperbolic Geometry, Art, Sciences
Math Ed Topics: Public Understanding of Math

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