Math Models

Faculty Member
Steve Bradlow and Karen Mortensen

The math department has a rare collection of models illustrating mathematical surfaces and other geometric concepts. The models, which date back to 1900, are mostly 3-D plaster models but some are wood and some consist of metal frames with silk string threading. They are all currently housed in cabinets spread throughout Altgeld Hall but will be displayed properly when the Altgeld Hall renovations are completed. This IGL project is part of the effort to prepare the models for this transition and to enhance their impact. In Fall 2022 we selected a small set of the models and focussed on their mathematical significance; this semester we will expand our scope, either by including more models, or by investigating other aspects of the same models, or both.

Team Meetings
Project Difficulty
Undergrad Prerequisites