A Million Business Cards Present a Math Challenge

November 10, 2014 7:15 PM

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Have a math fan in the family or friend of the family? If so, check your wallet -- not for money but for your business cards. Are they still there? If not, they may be part of a worldwide math challenge. Over the past month, people around the world have been building a mathematical structure out of more than a million business cards.

The construction teaches its own mathematical lesson, which is undoubtedly part of the point in the colossal math project dreamt up by Matt Parker (Queen Mary, University of London) and Laura Taalman (National Museum of Mathematics). The final sculpture is a Mega Menger, as it is known, which may be...

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