Geometric Model, L. Brill No. 80. Ser. 5 No. 12, Representation of an Elliptic Function

Geometric Model, L. Brill No. 80. Ser. 5 No. 12, Representation of an Elliptic Function

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This large white plaster model has four undulations on both sides of a higher central plateau. Various lines are indicated and numbered.
The model was designed in 1880 by Th. Kuen and Chr. Wolff, working under the supervision of Ludwig Brill at the technical high school in Munich. It shows the surface made by points related to one another via an elliptic integral of the first kind. It represents a graph of the Jacobi amplitude. A sticker on the front reads: 80.
This example of the model was exhibited at the German Educational Exhibit at the Columbian Exposition, a World’s Fair held in Chicago in 1893. It there was purchased by Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and subsequently was donated to the Smithsonian.
Accession file.
Ludwig Brill, Catalog mathematischer Modelle..., Darmstadt: L. Brill, 1892, p. 11, 70.
G. Fischer, Mathematical Models, I, Braunschweig / Wiesbaden: Friedr. Vieweg & Sohn, 1986, p. 129. Schilling gave this model a different number and series.
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Object Name
geometric model
geometric model
date made
L. Brill
place made
Germany: Hesse, Darmstadt
Physical Description
plaster (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 19 cm x 35 cm x 29.5 cm; 7 15/32 in x 13 25/32 in x 11 5/8 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Wesleyan University
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