Visual Calculus

Mamikon A. Mnatsakanian (Armenian: Մամիկոն Մնացականյան) devised in 1959 a visual method to show that the areas of two annuli with the same chord length are the same regardless of inner and outer radii.
Annuli area
As an undergraduate, Mamikon specialized in the development of geometric methods for solving calculus problems by a visual approach that makes no use of formulas, which he later developed into his system of visual calculus.

Geometry & Electronics

Geometric shapes are not limited only to the figurative aspect, they can also play active roles, for instance, serving in microelectronics to build operational printed circuits such as: small inductors (magnified, fig. a below), resistors (fig. b) and capacitors (fig. c). (image taken from my book “Almanach du Mathématicien en Herbe“)

electronic circuit

Paradoxical Elastic Squares

A math-magic article I wrote for the German magazine Zeit Wissen: with the 13 triangular and square pieces (fig. 1) it is possible to form two large squares shown in fig. 2. Though the second large square has an extra piece the dimensions of the squares seem to be the same! Can you explain why this is possible?

Paradoxical Squares

This puzzle is available as greeting cards from my online store.