Sunday, December 09, 2007

The Self-Righteous "Gomboc"

This is pretty cool- a mathematically designed object that always rights itself- click to see video. I'm pretty certain i don't understand the maths behind it- but i still want one for christmas. (NY Times article here.). Apparently the universe (via natural selection on planet earth) has been computing this problem too and had already presented the answer in the form of a turtle.

p.s. I emailed Gabor from the "Gomboc Factory". He tells me pricing at present is 900 Euro (!)- due to the 0.01mm precision required to make it work properly- and the high cost of unionised elvish labour. Oh well- no Gomboc for Christmas.

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