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A Website That is More Than the Sum of Its Parts

Some websites are just plain fun. And, when they involve mathematics, they are even more fun. It is impossible to share them all, let alone thank the people who make them available.

For example, consider Lee Stemkoski, a mathematics professor at Adelphi University. His Mathematrix overviews the rich world of mathematical recreations. He claims it can be "enjoyed by anyone, from individuals with little or no math background to professors of the subject."

The website includes old favorites, nestled amongst new ideas and odd twists:

  • Polyominoes
  • Soma Cubes and Rubic's Cube
  • Tangrams
  • Flexagons
  • Nontransitive Dice
  • Juggling
  • Bubbles
  • Fractals
  • Mathematical Art and Poety
  • Platonic Solids
  • Happy Equations
  • Higher Dimensions
  • Fundamental Theorems
  • Quotations, Humor, and Comics
Yes, his website is fun...and shows that math is fun. To use one of his quotations, Aristotle (Metaphysica, ca 330 BC) said: "The whole is more than the sum of its parts."