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1880 – Klein’s Mathematical Plaster Models


In the 19th century, mathematicians became interested in the question how mathematical functions look like. Felix Klein, a German mathematician, painstakingly created such physical models in his lab in Göttingen and popularized them in America when he brought a boatload to the World's Fair in Chicago in 1893. The photo above shows a model of a Clebsch surface from 1880, created by Klein and today kept at the University of Göttingen.

Source:  Joshua Batson, This Is What Math Equations Look Like in 3-D, Wired (2014)

Added by Yvonne Jansen on November 1, 2014, sent by Saiganesh Swaminathan. Category: Physical model Tags: , ,