camunivmuseums'A tennis ball, 1988'
Why does the Whipple Museum of the History of Science have a tennis ball in its collection?
This ball demonstrates the possibility of using four or more sets in a Venn diagram. Cambridge statistician Anthony Edwards worked with frustration over 2D Venn diagrams, which can only accommodate four sets by using distorted ellipses. Using a tennis ball he noted that by continually dividing the sphere with a curved line in a shape "precisely that of the seam of a tennis ball", it was possible to create a Venn diagram of four or more equally-sized sets.
This tennis ball is part of an exhibition called 'Why is this Here (WTH) at the Whipple Museum, showcasing objects that make museum staff wonder why on earth they're in a museum.
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- wpshrug#awesome :)
- ssk_isthewayIt's super annoying this place isn't open on the weekends!
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