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Bending and Stretching Classroom Lessons to Make Math Inspire

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Vi Hart

Vi Hart looking through an icosahedron made from six balloons (which is computationally optimal).

Erik D. Demaine

At the aptly named Tiny Thai restaurant here, a small table, about two and a half feet square, was jammed with a teapot, two plates of curry, a bowl of soup, two cups of tea, two glasses of water, a plate with two egg rolls, a plate of salad and an iPhone.

For most people, this would have been merely an unwieldy lunch.

For Vi Hart, her mind pondered the mathematical implications. "There’s a packing puzzle here," she said. "This is the kind of thing where if you’re accustomed to thinking about these problems, you see them in everything."

From The New York Times
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