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I envision new molecules that can be used in the fields of medicine and industry - thank you for your help in making vital connections!
I envision new molecules that can be used in the fields of medicine and industry - thank you for your help in making vital connections!
I envision new molecules that can be used in the fields of medicine and industry - thank you for your help in making vital connections!
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Bert's Quest to Inspire Science through Polyhedral Math Art

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In the words of Albert P. Carpenter:

Your gift will help me make important connections  

Two of my pieces were recently accepted for the 2015 Bridges Conference on connections between art and mathematics, being held in Baltimore, MD. The conference will consist of art exhibits, speakers, and various workshops. I want to attend this conference so I can share my ideas with other like-minded individuals, and to gain new knowledge and insight from the minds of others as well.  I hope to make connections there with people who are (or who know) scientists interested in studying polyhedra.

Your gift could help science research new molecules


I have invented and discovered multiple varieties of polyhedra and molecular models ready for chemical synthesis or 3D (Chem) Printing.  My aim in presenting these structures is to inspire materials scientists i.e chemists, nanochemists and nanoscientists as well as geometers to study them with the hope that they will one day be synthesized/printed in laboratories, resulting in a wide range of applications.  I envision new molecules that can be used in the fields of medicine and industry!

My collection of Nolidean Polyhedra (zero volume polyhedra) or Porous Polyhedral Molecular Models are based upon or derived from the five Platonic and thirteen Archimedean polyhedra . Many of them are novel to Geometry/Materials Science.

I also believe a kit of the wooden pieces I've used to make the large polyhedra would make an excellent construction learning toy, to be sold in science stores, or perhaps for scientists themselves to use in modeling. I would like to meet contacts to help me in this endeavor also.

I am hoping that the idea of making a construction toy out of the wooden sculptures does not undermine the significance of the rest of my work (or even presenting sculpture along with molecular models for that matter). I include the idea of such a possibility (of a construction toy) because I think its important to teach the youth of the world to think in terms of these and related structures (polydice and softballs not withstanding).

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From Sabrina Wilson, project creator:

In the spirit of transparency, a complete summary of estimated costs is below.

Transportation: Car usage: $280

Accommodations: $686 (7 nights at $98/day, tax included) (hotel includes breakfast)

Parking: $252 (7 days at $36/day) (at hotel, best price in the city)

Meals: $480 ($10 x 2 for lunch, $20 x 2 for dinner = $60 per day x 8 days).  Although at times some meals may be less expensive, these estimates include taxes and tips. (Bert is unable to drive due to his bi-polar medications, so I, Sabrina, will be with him to drive.)

Travel insurance: $35

Phone/calling card expenses: $30

Business cards $40

Sightseeing: American Visionary Art Museum: $34 (2 x $16)

Conference registration fee: $240

Shipping art to Bridges and as rewards: $200

Snacks: $40 (Snickers and Coke fund, $5 per day x 8 days)

Kickstarter and bank fees: $250 (approximately- Kickstarter's 5% fee, and payment processing fees (between 3% and 5%))

Total Trip Cost: $2567*

Gifts will be processed for payment on June 5th, 2015

* If goal is exceeded, the monies will be used towards continuing the quest! Obtaining computer software and materials, making new models, meeting new connections. Thanks for your support!

Risks and challenges

While I fully intend to attend the Bridges Conference in Baltimore, in the event of excessive unrest or severe weather, I would choose to not risk life or limb and therefore not participate in the conference at that time. If this were the case, the money would be either held in anticipation of attending a similar conference, or used to facilitate travel and meetings with people who could help me achieve my original goals.

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    (Thanks! $10 = two days of snacks, or one lunch)

    A 'TUIT' TOKEN

    An approximately a 2" x 1/4" circular wooden token with the letters 'TUIT' on one side - can be presented to anyone who says they will do something, "when they get around to it." :)

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    A 'TUIT' TOKEN

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    3 HAND MADE DRINK COASTERS

    Set of three hand made wooden hexagonal drink coasters, approximately 3.25 inch diameter, .25 inch thick.

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    A SMALL POLYHEDRA DESK SCULPUTURE

    A hand made paper Crown Cuboctahedron decoration. 2" to 3" diameter; colors are at the artist's discretion.

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    A LARGE POLYHEDRA DESK SCULPTURE

    A hand made paper Crown Cuboctahedron decoration. 6" to 8" diameter; colors are at the artist's discretion.

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    SCRABBLE AND TALK

    A game of Super Scrabble with the artist, meeting at a library or similar venue near his home in Tecumseh, MO.

    Also includes a set of 4 drink coasters as well.

    Redemption dates may be flexible, beginning in Fall of 2015 through Spring 2016.

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    MEAL, TALK AND TOUR

    Lunch or dinner with the artist at his home in East Wind Community (barring no objections by community members); includes private showing of on-property artwork and projects.

    If home tour is not available, Bert will visit with you and discuss his art, projects, and philosophy, while you both enjoy cheeseburgers and Coke at a local restaurant.

    Also includes a set of 4 drink coasters as well.

    Redemption dates may be flexible, beginning in Fall of 2015 through Spring 2016.

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    ONE OF A KIND SCULPTURE, PLUS!

    The actual wooden Crown Great Rhombicuboctahedron pictured on http://gallery.bridgesmathart.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/bridges2015/albertpcarpenter/07.jpg?itok=QspFYVVM. Size: 45 x 45 x 45 centimeters. This is one of the entries to the Bridges Conference. Shipped to your home.

    This is the only one in the world like it!

    Shipping charges waived if you pick up in Baltimore, MD, or you may pick up in Tecumseh, MO if you choose to accept the second part of this reward.

    Plus, you may also play Scrabble or visit with the artist at his home as in reward #6 or #7.

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    (Thanks!!!!! $500 = we would be ecstatic! Plus it would pay for all the meals or five nights of hotel stay)

    ONE OF A KIND SCULPTURE, PLUS!

    The actual wooden Crown Truncated Icosahedron pictured on http://gallery.bridgesmathart.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/bridges2015/albertpcarpenter/05.jpg?itok=6zsFSBIH. Size: 45 x 45 x 45 centimeters. This is the other entry to the Bridges Conference. Shipped to your home.

    This is the only one in the world like it!

    Shipping charges waived if you pick up in Baltimore, MD, or you may pick up in Tecumseh, MO if you choose to accept the second part of this reward.

    Plus, you may also play Scrabble or visit with the artist at his home as in reward #6 or #7.

    PLEASE NOTE: It is the Backer's responsibility to make his way to (and from) the Tecumseh, MO area.

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