Help Build the Mosely Snowflake Sponge, a 3-D Fractal Object, for the First Time in the Universe

Posted by Nathan Masters

Update, Jan. 26: The instructional workshops have concluded, but there will be more opportunities to learn how to help build the Mosely Snowflake Sponge. Please check back with Libwire for the latest news about the fractal model, which will soon begin to take form in Doheny Library's ground floor rotunda.

The USC community will soon begin constructing the Mosely Snowflake Sponge, a three-dimensional fractal object, out of 54,000 folded business cards. The USC Libraries need your help to make this unique mathematical form come into physical being for the first time in the world--and perhaps in the universe. Join us for one of the three 90-minute workshops listed below to learn how to create the building blocks of the Mosely Snowflake Sponge. The workshops are open to everyone.

MIT-trained engineer Jeannine Mosely conceived the project, which is part of the USC Libraries Discovery Fellowship 2011-2012 programming curated by Discovery Fellow Margaret Wertheim. In 2008, Mosely constructed a model of the Menger Sponge--the first 3-D fractal discovered in 1926 by mathematician Karl Menger--out of 66,000 business cards.

Check back with Libwire to follow the snowflake's progress as it takes form inside Doheny Memorial Library's ground floor rotunda.

Tuesday, January 24, 10:00 a.m. 
Intellectual Commons (Rm 233) Doheny Memorial Library

Wednesday, January 25, 10:00 a.m.
Herklotz Room (Rm G28) in the Music Library on the ground floor of Doheny Memorial Library

Tuesday, January 24, 2:00 p.m.
Academy for Polymathic Studies (Rm 241) Doheny Memorial Library