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Well, you are probably wondering what Sliceforms are....chances are that you've never heard of them before. Chances are also good that you've seen them many times.

Sliceforms are collapsible, 3-d, mathematical models made out of paper. They are made by intersecting multiple parallel planes (slices) within the geometric shape.

That sounded really complicated didn't it? If you've ever seen the inside of a liquor box or a compartmented fruit box, then you've seen a sliceform.

Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of sliceforms, as I haven't personally made any yet (tedious paper cutting isn't really my thing), but you can view some spectacular sliceforms at the links below.

Although sliceforms have been around for quite awhile, there isn't much information about them....a bare handful of web sites and one book.

If you see a general ad for Amazon, please refresh this page and the proper book information, including price, should appear.

Sliceforms : Mathematical Models From Paper Sections
John Sharp
ISBN: 1899618066, Published by Tarquin Pubns, 36 pages.

Everything you need to know to make your own sliceforms, which is a good thing, because this is the only book about sliceforms.

Related Resources

Simply Cardboard
Check out this cardboard sliceform chair.

An introduction to Sliceforms with a gallery, instructions, templates and more.

SAR (some assemby required)
This commerical site offers a number of pre-cut kits and rubber stamps (for making your own patterns) for a variety of sliceforms.

Strange Surfaces
Visit this on-line exhibit at the Science Museum in London.

Math Books
Fiction and picture books that include math.

Math Manipulatives and Tools
Hands-on manipulatives and tools for teaching math.

Explore the complex art of paper folding.

Paper Airplanes
Tools and resources for making paper airplanes.

Paper Engineering
An introduction to the art and science of building things with paper.

Learn to make your own pop-up books and cards.

The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple. - S. Gudder

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