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My globe now featured on Tested

I’m pleased as punch that my project was picked up by the youtube channel Tested. Norm and Sean lasercut my Dymaxion globe here: I’m also glad they noticed a few of the features I spent time on (such as reusing … Continue reading

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How Big is the Universe – Exploring the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field

This is a way to visualise the size of the universe, and in particular how much of the sky the amazing ‘Hubble Ultra Deep Field’ picture takes up. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubble_Ultra-Deep_Field The Ultra Deep Field is 2.4 arc-minutes wide (0.04 degrees), so … Continue reading

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Lasercut Contact Goniometer for Crystallography

Just a quick one this time. Here’s a simple lasercut design for a ‘contact goniometer‘ which is used for measuring the angles between two faces of a crystal.   It’s lasercut from 3mm acrylic, and to make the engraved text … Continue reading

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CPK Molecular Models with Polymer Clay

I’ve been getting into molecular modelling recently, and I wanted to experiment with different ways of making my own models cheaply and easily. I liked the colour scheme and layout of the CPK modelling┬ámade by Linus Pauling and others, but … Continue reading

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Lego Crystallography

I’ve been reading up on crystallography recently for an upcoming project, and I was having a hard time wrapping my head around Miller indices. I kinda got it, but I wanted something tangible to work with, darn it. I┬ástarted making … Continue reading

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Turn Binomials into Gaussians with Polymer Clay

I’ve been playing a bit further with the visual demonstrations of the binomial/ central limit theorems. I love polymer clay as a medium, it’s extremely easy to work with, colourful, and you can even make fractal patterns with it. Here’s … Continue reading

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Braided Galton Boards – Visualizing Probabilities with String

I’ve been playing around with Galton Boards recently. They’re an awesome demonstration of the central limit theorem, and how several independent 50/50 events sum together to make a Gaussian/Bell curve. Seeing the standard Galton board gives an intuitive feel for … Continue reading

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