The Mathematical Tourist Dirk Huylebrouck, Editor Pisa has its leaning tower, Brussels its Atomium. But since the 2006 restoration, one of the spheres is Brussels’ Skew covered by an irregular hexagon and trapezium- shaped rectangles, while an axis is off center; more- Sphere over, the whole structure now blinks like a dented casserole. DIRK HUYLEBROUCK Atomic History he Atomium is a design by Belgian engineer Andre ´ Waterkeyn (1917–2005) and architects Andre ´ and T Jean Polak (1914–1988; 1920–2012). Belgium’s land- Does your hometown have any mathematical tourist mark is situated in the northwest of Brussels at the Heizel- attractions such as statues, plaques, graves, the cafe´ Heysel Park. As it was a temporary building for the 1958 World’s Fair, it is not surprising that after a while it had to where the famous conjecture was made, the desk where be restored, which happened from 2004 to 2006. With its eight spheres on the vertices of a cube and one sphere in the famous initials are scratched, birthplaces, houses, or the middle, the 102-meter-tall building represents a struc- ture with iron atoms. That was appropriate in those days memorials? Have you encountered a mathematical sight when the Belgian steel
The Mathematical Intelligencer – Springer Journals
Published: Feb 16, 2018
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