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- DescriptionA flexagon is a motion structure that has the appearance of a ring of hinged polygons. It can be flexed to display different pairs of faces, usually in cyclic order. Flexagons can be appreciated as toys or puzzles, as a recreational mathematics topic, and as the subject of serious mathematical study. Workable paper models of flexagons are easy to make and entertaining to manipulate. The mathematics of flexagons is complex, and how a flexagon works is t immediately obvious on examination of a paper model. Recent geometric analysis, included in the book, has improved theoretical understanding of flexagons, especially relationships between different types. This profusely illustrated book is arranged in a logical order appropriate for a textbook on the geometry of flexagons. It is written so that it can be enjoyed at both the recreational mathematics level, and at the serious mathematics level. The only prerequisite is some kwledge of elementary geometry, including properties of polygons. A feature of the book is a compendium of over 100 nets for making paper models of some of the more interesting flexagons, chosen to complement the text. These are accurately drawn and reproduced at half full size. Many of the nets have t previously been published. Instructions for assembling and manipulating the flexagons are included.
- Author BiographySince my formal retirement in 1998 I have been a Visiting Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University College London, where I do some part time teaching in the fields of metal fatigue and fracture mechanics. I am a senior official of the European Structural Integrity Society, and have been involved with the organisation of two of their conferences (FCP 2003 and CP 2006), including editing conference proceedings and associated special issues of journals.
- Author(s)L. P. Pook
- Date of Publication01/08/2009
- Series TitleSolid Mechanics and its Applications
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 164
- Place of PublicationDordrecht
- Country of PublicationNetherlands
- Content Notebiography
- Weight1470 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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