Ivars Peterson
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Math
Geometry in Court
The Pythagorean theorem and geometric series played leading roles in two legal disputes.

Math
Form Plus Function
Numbers, lines, squares, and shadows add up to an intriguing set of artworks rooted in mathematical concepts.

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Quark Park
Mathinspired and sciencerelated artworks enliven an imaginatively landscaped sliver of parkland.

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Mining the Yesternet
Digital records allow social scientists to study online communities and the diffusion of innovation.

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Swirling Seas, Crystal Balls
A remarkable geometric shape made up of a sequence of triangles leads to a host of intriguing forms and mobile structures.

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The Eclipse That Saved Columbus
An eclipse prediction in a book of astronomical tables helped Columbus out of a jam.