Discovering Nature's Geometry with Cochranes' Models at the Universite de Pau

Posted 8th Jan 2019

The geometrical shapes to be found in nature are fascinating – and even more so when demonstrated using a Cochranes of Oxford model! We were delighted to hear from Clovis Darrigan at the end of last year, assistant Professor of Chemistry at the Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour (UPPA), France. He has been using Cochranes models, along with Jacky Cresson, professor of mathematics at the UPPA, as part of the Mathematicum exhibition series on the mathematics that is all around us. 

Using shells, minerals, plants and Cochranes’ Fullerene and DNA models, the team has been uncovering nature’s mathematical genius for local students. The university, based in the south-west of France, also exhibited at the Science Festival held in Mourenx and Pau in October 2018 and will be taking their show on the road for the Semaine des Mathématiques (Mathematics week) in March 2019.

Professor Darrigan says that he also finds our models helpful in teaching at the university. He uses our Unit large demonstration sets to demonstrate chemical concepts in his lectures and then our smaller-size Orbit sets for working with students in tutorials.

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