Virginia student uses 3D printed models to demonstrate mathematical concept of topology

Virginia student uses 3D printed models to demonstrate mathematical concept of topology

Jonathan Gerhard, a student from James Madison University (JMU) in Virginia, has 3D printed a series of objects that physically demonstrate the mathematical concepts of topology and homotopy. Gerhard was awarded a $1,000 Education Grant from 3D printing service Shapeways for his innovative and educational endeavour. For those of us who aren’t well versed on our mathematical concepts and terms, topology—not to be confused with topography—is the study of physical geometric properties and spatial relations that remain unchanged after a figure has undergone stretching, bending, or other physical deformations. Homotopy, for its part, is a concept within topology that […]

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