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Cassidy Curtis's Marvelous Surface Drawings (1996) [pdf] (brown.edu)
129 points by iamjeff on Oct 4, 2016 | hide | past | web | favorite | 8 comments

This is what an alumni magazine is for: celebrating students' achievements. Just think of how it felt to see that homework! This is what professors live for. I'm not surprised that Banchoff talked about this whilst receiving a teaching award, since any true teacher knows that the real award is occasionally seeing students like Curtis.

I took this class in the early 1990s; Banchoff was quite an interesting fellow, and excellent at motivating undergraduates. One of the things he offered his honors class was a chance at getting hired to do research as a freshman/sophomore.

He was one of the best lecturers I've seen; he'd collect questions about the previous reading at the beginning of class, and realtime construct a lecture about the material by winding his way through answering all the questions.

The combination was pretty motivating; I spent many hours shading 3d graphs by hand. Mine weren't this nice, but I still wish I had them.

I also took Banchoff's class in the early '90's. It was fantastic, and he had a knack for filling multivariable calculus with excitement. I'll never forget his "monkey saddle" graphs.

That class kicked my ass, but it was one of the most memorable classes that I took at Brown.

If you have seen Shrek or How to Train Your Dragon, you have seen some of the work the student produced after graduation.

See http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0996697/

His website states that after Dreamworks he works for Google now. But I guess this is one of his best works:


He's still doing awesome stuff. See his blog, for example: http://otherthings.com/blog/ (I never knew Cassidy but I studied under Tom Banchoff a few years later, so I certainly knew his homeworks!)

Notable that Cassidy Curtis is a synesthete:


I wonder if that plays a role.

Fantastic article, thanks for sharing.

Oh, nice! If you enjoy "mathematical drawing" give a look at "A topological picturebook" by George K. Francis.

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