Recording of Family Fridays: "Playing with Plato" with Alex Kontorovich

This is a recording of a live-streamed event that took place on Friday, July 16, 2021.

Appropriate for all ages.

Playing with regular polygons (shapes with all angles equal and all sides equal) can be great fun! There are triangles (three sides), squares (four sides), pentagons (five sides), hexagons (six sides)...and so on, forever.  But what if you move into the third dimension?  Suddenly, the story is shockingly different!  Grab some toothpicks, stock up on marshmallows, and strap in for a wild ride through regularity.  Who knows, we may even visit a little bit of hyperbolic space!

This month's Family Fridays features MoMath's 2020-2021 Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics and Rutgers math professor Alex Kontorovich.

To fully participate, please have the following handy:

  • Mini marshmallows or jelly beans
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper
  • Pencil

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