Minnesota State Fair
New Info from 2008: In the magazine "2008 Nature Publishing Group http://www.nature.com/naturechemicalbiology"
volume 4 number 8 August 2008 - page 461 this soma is shown as inspiration on the topic
"Cooperativity in macromolecular assembly" by James R Williamson
The article itself is interesting (about things that selfassemble) but for us SOMA-fans it is great to see the soSOMA image in use.
For some annoying reason they charge you for this article. And I would not recommend the article
unless you are really interested in "Formation of multicomponent macromolecular complexes".
Leonardo's Basement mentioned:
This is a "free" link to the foto used in the article.
MONDAY, SEPT. 4 2006
KIDS & LAST CHANCE DAY
Sponsored by Leonardo’s Basement and Ready 4 K
All kids’ (5-12) admission is just $4!
Don’t miss your “Last Chance” opportunity to pick up a 2006 State Fair
souvenir. All-day discounts will be offered on Mighty Midway and Kidway rides,
games and concessions.
Many concessionaires feature fabulous fair deals. Find
them in the “Last Chance” brochure available at any
In Carousel Park:
Leonardo’s basement will build the
world’s largest SOMA cube puzzle in the park today and
be recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records!
Kids can get in on the fun by building smaller versions
of the puzzle and attempting to solve it. It’s math for
The story unfolds
Edward Vogel who oversees this project will be supplying information
to all SOMA players as this event approaches.
Leonardo's Basement (www.leonardosbasement.org) was challenged by the
Minnesota State Fair Organizing Committee to "do something fun with
Mathematics". So we decided to build a giant SOMA cube puzzle. It is
in keeping with the agricultural theme of a state fair; biggest pig,
biggest, pumpkin. . .why not biggest SOMA?
State Fair officials are recognized experts at certifying "bigness"
and we have been approved by the Guinness Book of World records to
"attempt" to become the world's largest SOMA puzzle.
The goal is to build using 27 - 1.3mx1.3mx1.3m cubes, the finished
solved cube will stand nearly 4 m tall.
Several other SOMAs constructed of 0.3m cardboard cubes will be available
for play as well as a smaller build your own SOMA to take home.
Did I mention the dancers? Oh yes the "big SOMA" will be assembled by
a company of dancers. We haven't decided on a specific piece of music
as of yet.
The worldwide SOMA community is cordially invited to come and visit
us at the fair which is a pretty good time in Minnesota even without
the SOMA. For those unable to attend I will be providing photos and
video (or links) of the event at Thorleif's website.
The first fotos have arrived - WOW it is BIG
A prowd Ed
Ed has sendt more foto's, these prove once again that "math can be fun"
Lifting piece A
Arial view of "the dog"
A lot of fine fotos, AND a clip from a TV news, show you the newest
about the State fair and SOMA.
from the manufacture and use of the worlds largest SOMA.
A video from
KARE11TV in Minnesota It is 37MB so expect a wait.
Submitted (4.August.2006) by Ed Vogel
Edited by Thorleif Bundgaard <email@example.com>
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