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Tangible Mathematics - the science of soap bubbles

Mathematics professor Ulrich Pinkall likes playing with soap bubbles - as part of his professional field. He specializes in calculating surfaces and shapes, and calculating soap bubbles is a complex mathematical task.

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It has applications in many areas of engineering and medicine. For instance, Pinkall's formalisms can be combined with CAT scan data to help researchers create highly precise images of organs, which help in planning and carrying out surgical procedures.

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