The original Danish Modern novelty, the Super Egg is the invention of Danish designer-scientist-author-poet-inventor-artist Piet Hein (a busy man!), who designed an object based on the mathematical equation of the super-ellipse. Through mathematics, he was able to create an oblong object, free of any flat surfaces, that will stand perfectly on end, no matter how big, small or heavy the object (or how many are stacked on one another). Made in 1966, this is the original Piet Hein Super Egg, direct from "The Super-Egg World Center". The Super Egg is a small 1.25 inch super-ellipse made of polished coated brass and is very heavy for its size. It has a pretty little red leather storage pouch that fits it perfectly when not in use. The Piet Hein Super Egg includes all of the original paperwork and information booklet, which is easily as fascinating and entertaining as playing with the Super Egg. Information includes the origin and mathematical equations of the Super Egg, suggested uses, historic facts, physics demonstrations and magic tricks, one of Hein's "grooks" and a glossy booklet with beautiful black & white photos...its like the Modernist version of the Pet Rock! It became a popular US import upon its "hatching", and Hein's fascination led him to create all sorts of practical items like salt & pepper shakers, paperweights, tables, cups and other decorative home decor based on the super-ellipse shape. This was a very rare item that does not show up for sale often. It received an opening bid within a day and is now sold.
Though the original Piet Hein Super Egg does not show up often on eBay, other objects, decor, and poetry books from Piet Hein are available.
Piet Hein was a scholar in the Institute of Theoretical Physics of the University of Copenhagen (later renamed the Niels Bohrs Institute). Piet Hein was highly regarded being a scientist, not merely as a result of his educational credentials, but additionally because of his acquaintanceship with Albert Einstein. Also, mathematician Norbert Weiner wrote a book about him. So, that is a pretty big deal to have a book dedicated to you.
Piet Hein went to Metropolitan Grammar School in Copenhagen. Piet Hein died in 1996 at 91. He was a Danish poet, writer, designer, inventor, all around cool guy and mathematician at large. He had some cool ideas like numbers and voting, is what democracy is all about.
Ready to have your mind blown? Listen to him when he says: "Art is solution to problems which cannot be formulated clearly before they have been solved". In 1959 Piet Hein decided to find a new physical form, this would be quite an achievement, considering that most of our basic mathematics are several thousand years old. Hein wanted to find a way to meld the contrasting shapes of a rectangular a circle.
Applying his mathematical prowess to the problem, Piet Hein created the superellipse. This is now a hallmark of modern Scandinavian architecture. His designs with mathematical symmetry and exact geometrical shapes. The shape of a 'super egg' was first used on a large scale by Piet Hein in downtown Stockholm.
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