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Stories by George Hart

The Mathematics of Change Ringing and Peal Bells

Change ringing, in which a band of ringers plays long sequences of permutations on a set of peal bells, is a little-known but surprisingly rich and beautiful acoustical application of mathematics

February 18, 2014 — George Hart and Simons Foundation

Mathematical Impressions: Goldberg Polyhedra [Video]

Because of their aesthetic appeal, organic feel and easily understood structure, Goldberg polyhedra have a surprising number of applications ranging from golf-ball dimple patterns to nuclear-particle detector arrays

June 25, 2013 — George Hart and Quanta Magazine

Follow That Bike!

The direction a bicycle has traveled can be determined by examining its tracks and thinking about tangent lines, geometric constraints and the bike's steering mechanism

April 23, 2013 — George Hart and Quanta Magazine