Albrecht Dürer’s ruler and compass constructions

Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) is a famous Renaissance artist. Mathematicians probably know him best for his work Melencolia I which contains a magic square, a mysterious polyhedron, a compass, etc. Today I was reading his book Underweysung der Messung mit dem Zirckel und Richtscheyt (The Painter’s Manual: A manual of measurement of lines, areas, and solids…

Top 8 most popular polygons

Web surfers love lists—best Twitter apps, best albums, greatest films, world’s richest, best colleges (no, wait, we’re not supposed to like this list). So, I thought I’d serve up a list for my audience. The top 8 most popular polygons. My inspiration The idea for this list came to me while my kids were watching…

They Might be Giants sing about polygons

Here is a fun video from They Might be Giants. It is from their children’s CD/DVD Here Come The 123s, the follow up to Here Come the ABCs. The song is called “Nonagon”. (I feel bad for Heptagon, who apparently wasn’t invited to the party.)