Worried that your art doesn’t contain enough complicated mathematical theory? Look no further than today’s Monday Method! Though flexagons were discovered by world class mathematicians, anyone can create these interesting structures and design new and interesting ways to utilize them. Flexagons are folded shapes that can be folded and rearranged to display additional faces than the original front and back.
The flexagon shown in the video is a hexaflexagon, so named because its flat shape forms a hexagon. Square flexagons are called tetraflexagons, which, incidentally, will be the name of my next chick band. If you want to sound even more impressive, prefixes can be added for the number of visible sides, and different configurations are given even fancier-sounding names.
Flexagons were discovered by Princeton grad student, Arthur Stone in 1939. He and his fellow students, including Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynmen, formed the Princeton Flexagon Committee, which as you can imagine was invaluable when it came to picking up the ladies. But these pioneers in mathematics, statistics, and physics had no time for trivial interactions! Together, they worked out the mathematical theories behind flexagons and discovered ways to create a variety of different constructions and shapes. Feynman’s diagrams of hexagons actually helped him create his later diagrams, which described subatomic particles (particles smaller than an atom, for example electrons).
|These flexagons are puzzles and mazes, demonstrating some of the unique ways this form can be used.|