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Fun with Fonts: Algorithmic Typography

  • Erik D. Demaine
  • Martin L. Demaine
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8496)

Abstract

Over the past decade, we have designed five typefaces based on mathematical theorems and open problems, specifically computational geometry. These typefaces expose the general public in a unique way to intriguing results and hard problems in hinged dissections, geometric tours, origami design, physical simulation, and protein folding. In particular, most of these typefaces include puzzle fonts, where reading the intended message requires solving a series of puzzles which illustrate the challenge of the underlying algorithmic problem.

Keywords

Computational Geometry Secret Message Conveyer Belt Intended Message Glass Blow 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Erik D. Demaine
    • 1
  • Martin L. Demaine
    • 1
  1. 1.MIT CSAILCambridgeUSA

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