Thursday, August 25, 2011

Quick paper craft sundial

Here are instructions for a paper craft sundial I built last night.  The hard part was doing the trigonometry for getting the gnomon to be at the right angle after folding--I hadn't done much trigonometry for a while, especially in regard to laying out a three dimensional object (the gnomon is wider at bottom than at the top).  With the script complete, construction takes about fifteen minutes.

And there is an undocumented option in the script that generated this fun illustration of the puzzles about the cognitive content of indexicals [small PDF].

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