Travel Straws
Toy
Re-usable straws in a little keychain-round container with G4G logo (from 2021 conference that was postponed) on it.
G4G14
Delicia Kamins
G14-038
Golomb Rulers
Recreational Math
A perfect ruler for daily use. In mathematics, a Golomb ruler is a set of marks at integer positions along a ruler such that no two pairs of marks are the same distance apart.
G4G14
Qingqing Mao
John Bohannon
Yuan Mei
G14-036
Flippe Top
Toy
This document describes how I designed a new kind of top, which flips not just once, but over and over. I call it a "flippe top". It can be made either from wood or by 3D printing.
G4G14
George Bell
G14-035
G4G14 Exchange Gift (Martin Gardner Magic Trick)
Magic
Recreational Math
Legacy
We, on behalf of ThinkFun, would like to submit a physical gift based on a personal letter sent from Martin Gardner to one of our founders, Bill Ritchie, in 1994. We will submit photocopies of the letter, which describes how to perform the magic trick. We will also include the pieces needed to perform the magic trick.
G4G14
Bill Ritchie
G14-032
14-sided and Skew 8-sided Dice
Toy
Recreational Math
A fair 14-sided die in the form of a heptagonal trapezohedron and a fair 8-sided die ("Skew d8") in the form of a triangular dihedron.
Dice Lab
G4G14
Robert Fathauer
Henry Segerman
G14-031
Great Questions for Great Conversations
Game
COVID sometimes gives in unexpected ways. Had G4G14 had taken place March 25 - 29, 2020, my exchange gift would have been a packet of four cards with StoryCorps® Great Questions for Great Conversations and a fifth card with a puzzle.
On account of COVID, many shipments were delayed including colorful envelopes and cards from IndianWeddingCard.com, which I had planned to send out with my 2022 New Year’s letter. Rather than saving them for sending my 2023 New Year’s letter, I have enclosed my G4G14 gift in one of the distinctive envelopes.
G4G14
Nancy Blachman
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Octaroller
Puzzle
Recreational Math
BUILD your OCTAROLLER ! from 3 parts square.
RACE your OCTAROLLER ! down the ramp in a straight line.
CHEER your OCTAROLLER ! with supplied cheering pom pom on a toothpick.
Octaroller is included in Geometric Foundations of Design: Old and New -
(Knots and Everything) by Jay Kappraff.
G4G14
Dick Esterle
G14-029
Warped-Grid Jig-Saw Puzzle
Puzzle
With a laser-cutter, it is easy to make one-of-a-kind jigsaw puzzles. The question then is what pattern of cuts to use. Here is a gallery of some experiments I have been making in which the cut pattern is based on a warped grid. A pseudorandom grid-based dissection of an underlying rectangular array is distorted to give engaging visual effects.
G4G14
George Hart
G14-028
Conway's Game of Life
Conway’s Game of Life needs no introduction to fans of Martin Gardner. Numerous examples exist in which a GoL “spaceship” object sends out smaller objects (“gliders”, etc.) that move away from the generator at a constant speed. That speed is set by the underlying nature of the GoL’s generations, because each such object can move no faster -- generation to generation -- than the unit distance built into the GoL model itself. In fact, the maximum such speed of propagation is called c or “the speed of light” in GoL terminology. In a typical computer running a GoL in a lab, the unit of time in the GoL of course has no fixed relationship to the unit of time marked on the lab’s clock on the wall. If the lab personnel were to double the rate of GoL generations (relative to the clock on the wall), the speed at which a GoL glider moves across the screen is also doubled (relative to that clock), but within the GoL universe itself, there is no change in speed.
G4G14
Nathaniel Johnston
Dave Greene
G14-027
Magic Pizza Guy
Magic
Puzzle
Solve these puzzles and get a pass to the Magic Castle.
G4G14
Nathaniel Segal
G14-026
Palindromes
Puzzle
Sudoku with some added rules. This puzzle can only be solved in conjunction with the gift "Entropy" by Neil Calkin.
G4G14
Eliza Gallagher
G14-024
Akio's Dahlia Star Translucent
Art
I invented the Fibonacci Turbine in an origami way. The wing itself functions as a rotating shaft. The structure is so simple that it is robust. It can be used for many engineering applications.
G4G14
Akio Hizume
G14-023
Polarizing Puzzle
Puzzle
Two rectangular sheets that filter light according to polarization- with a twist. Rotating the two sheets ninety degrees with respect to each other results in all light blocked as expected, but flipping over a sheet also gives a similar result. Does this imply new physics? Reconciling this unexpected behavior is the problem left to the reader.
G4G14
Raymond Hall
G14-022
Troxes
Puzzle
Like Origami meets Lego. No scissors, tape, or glue. This modular paper cutout is based on triangular geometry and mates with neighbors (edge-connecting) to create tetrahedra, octohedra, and icosahedra. The resulting polyhedra can then mate once again in their volumetric form by face-connecting with other polyhedra.
Troxes were inspired by Jef Raskin's Bloxes, a cardboard architecture exploration. Troxes in contrast are hand-held, created from a beautiful single ply paper called Plike, and promote non-rectilinear spatial exploration and awareness.
Troxes have won numerous awards at Maker Faires and been featured at the MIT Museum, New Museum and MoMath in NYC amongst other top art and design institutions.
G4G14
Jonathan Bobrow
G14-020
Hand of Art Stickers
Art
Two removeable vinyl stickers of the artist's hand.
G4G14
Mindy Korth
G14-019
Peace Angel Maze Card
Game
Full color original art maze card of an Angel seeking peace.
G4G14
Elizabeth Carpenter
G14-018
Veternary - Magic Trick
Game
Art
Mathematical Magic
Recreational Math
An animal based who-is-who in which with the right three questions any animal becomes uniquely identified using a ternary "sieve". For the first 16 animals this also works in binary.
Tiago Hirth
G4G14
Ines Amaro
Illistrations & Design: Ines Amaro
G14-016
Zebra Stripe Card
Recreational Math
Zebra stripe IBM binary card.
G4G14
John E. Miller
G14-015
A G4G14 Puzzle
Puzzle
Recreational Math
This is a paper ring with a number puzzle. The hint is actually the logo that is at the beginning (which of course will be right after the end when it's a ring).
G4G14
Skona Brittain
G14-014
Cube-it Puzzle
Puzzle
9 loose square wafers of plastic with a hole in the center of all but one that has a cylindrical pin. It is clear that the wafers can be stacked on the pin. 7 of the wafers have notches of various size in the edges. There are no hints included. Each wafer can be flipped or rotated in 4 positions in relations to each other and can be in one of 8 positions on the stack. The goal is to find out what it is.. and I'm not telling! The puzzle is 3d printed in white PLA, using two Creality CR10S printers. It was designed using Rhino and sliced using Simplify3D.
G4G14
Craig Newswanger
G14-013
Shibori Dyed Hankerchiefs
Art
In anticipation of G4G14, I undertook the mathematical art project of using itajime shibori to dye hundreds of handkerchiefs so that each participant could receive a unique such handkerchief in his or her gift bag. The handkerchiefs represent six of the seven types of wallpaper patterns achievable with itajime shibori.
G4G14
Carolyn Yackel
Bobby Stecher
G14-011
Entropy
Puzzle
Sudoku with some added rules. This puzzle can only be solved in conjunction with the gift "Palindromes" by Elizabeth Gallagher.
G4G14
Neil Calkin
G14-009
Free the Pearl
Puzzle
Applying the planar puzzle mechanism of the Magic Disc puzzle to a three-dimensional form yields an interesting and challenging coordinate motion puzzle.
Bruce Patterson
G4G14
John Partridge
G14-008
Custom Zometool Struts
Puzzle
3D printed custom Zometool struts, and a Zometool ball.
G4G14
Aaron Siegel
Scott Vorthmann
G14-007
Losing Friends with Non-transitive Pip Dice
Game
Legacy
A pair of standard, pipped, six-sided dice has had its pips painted in three colors. When you roll one of them and count pips of two of the colors, on average, white beats red, red beats blue, and blue beats white. However, when you roll both dice together, red beats white, white beats blue, and blue beats red.
G4G14
Alexandre Muniz
G14-006