What is a howicide?

I’m a huge fan of HBO’s series The Wire. Today, while I was watching the 4th episode of season 4, I saw a curious word on the strap hanging around Sgt. Landsman’s neck: HOWICIDE. At first I thought this was a mistake or an easter egg. Why would they misspell homicide? But then I quickly…

Symmetry groups of viral doilies

Are you looking for interesting examples to use in your abstract algebra course to illustrate planar objects with rotational and reflective symmetries? Tired of the usual regular polygons and corporate logos. Already shown your class ambigrams? Feeling pressured to inject biology into your mathematics courses? Look no farther. My colleague sent me a link to the website…

Cutting and folding paper

Inspired by Chaim Goodman-Strauss’s recent video about symmetries, paper snowflakes, and paper dolls, I decided to post a few other paper-related videos. First is a video showing some cutting tricks for a Möbius strip. I show this to my topology class, then have them play around with Möbius strips—twisting them various numbers of times and…