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Math Photo: Paraboloid in Nature

Well, it’s not exactly natural, but when I walked by this construction site, the yellow netting caught my eye.

paraboloid in nature

The shape of the netting definitely put me in mind of a paraboloid.

paraboloid graph
But maybe I’m just looking too hard.

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  1. Ben says:

    Shouldn’t it be some kind of catenary…oid?

  2. MrHonner says:


    Well, fine, if you are going to spoil it, the least you can do is generate an appropriate image / equation.

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