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In August 2020, Mathemalchemy’s Artistic Director Dominique Ehrmann completed a one-quarter-size maquette, of which you can view a smoothly rotating version here. A few snapshots of this maquette will guide you, below, to see glimpses of the finished full-scale installation. Click to explore Mathemalchemy (pictures, mathematical concepts and more).

Until the end of November, this collaborative art installation will stand in its test site at Duke University, after which it will start its traveling exhibition tour. Its first stop will be at the National Academies building on Constitution Avenue in Washington DC, where it will be exhibited from January 15 onwards.

Building Mathemalchemy

Henry Segerman takes you inside Duke’s University to watch this artistic & mathematical installation unfold.

Want to know more about the fabrication of individual components?

How to knit a Tortoise in n+1 steps
Tess the Tortoise was designed with a knit body and a ceramic …
Cootie Catcher Fortune Tellers
Fold one of our Cootie Catcher Fortune Tellers and reveal your mathematic …
Round Peg, Square Hole: Designing Clay Critters for Mathemalchemy
Since joining the Mathemalchemy project, I have found myself discussing questions that …
Spotlight on Stereographic Projections
Watch Henry Segerman’s video chronicle. One of the mathematical scenes that I’ve …
Origami in Mathemalchemy
Mathemalchemy being a celebration of mathematics and beauty, origami was a natural …
Snowflakes and Lasers
It is always snowing over Riemann-Lebesgue Hill. This snow is likely a …
Prime Play on a Prime Day <span id="primeday">3/11/43×47</span><span class="hide">3 and 11 are prime, and while we are not in a prime year, 2021 is the product of two consecutive primes.</span>
The Chipmunks Sorting Primes Vignette in a way expresses my path in …
Knots, trivial and otherwise
I think about knots a lot these days, and I think about …
If You Give a Mouse Some Symmetries
In recent years, I have been increasingly absorbed by representing different symmetry …
Converging and Diverging Ball Arches
Two Ball Arches over Mathemalchemy When you first saw Mathemalchemy, what struck …
Dodecahedral Trajectory
Mathemalchemy's beacon reflects a 2020 breakthrough of mathematicians Jayadev Athreya, David Aulicino …
Path to the Garden
About a year ago, I was lucky to have attended Ingrid’s and …
Primes in the Garden
When people ask me what number theory (my research area) is, we …
The Mandelbrot Bakery
Discover the mathematical inspiration underpinning the creation of the Mandelbrot Bakery. One …
The Maquette’s Creation Process
Bringing together twenty-three mathematical artists and artistic mathematicians to create a large …
Tess the Tortoise’s Story
When Dominique asked for proposals for Mathemalchemy scenes, I sent her a …
Conway’s Curios
Conway's Curios is a small shop that satisfies your need for all …

Chronicling the project’s progress

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We are extremely thankful for the help and financial support of our sponsors. Their valuable help has enabled the Mathemalchemy project to realize its visual explorations of mathematical creativity.