List of Physical Visualizations
and Related Artifacts

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, had several of 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, designed and presumably built by Adolf Weiler, Klein's grad student. It is kept today at the University of Göttingen.


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