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An Outside-the-Box Thinker
April 11, 2017 12:13 pm | by

Alicia Boole Stott, better known as “The Princess of Polytopia,” was a Irish-English mathematician who not only introduced the meaning of the word “polytope,” but was also one of the first to explore the fourth dimension. Alicia was an outside-the-box thinker who saw beauty from all angles.

Math Ran in the Family

It seems that this “mathematic-genius aptitude” ran in her blood. Her father, George Boole, was a mathematician, educator, philosopher, and logician. He even has a form of algebra named after him, Boolean algebra, which has played a major part in the development of digital electronics and programming languages.

Alicia’s mother, Mary Everest Boole was a self-taught mathematician and educator. Her book, Philosophy and Fun of Algebra, demonstrated that she too was an “outside-the-box” thinker. She theorized children should be taught algebra and logic by using stories, history, and literature to help keep the attention of the children. She believed in the use of mathematical imagination with critical thinking and creativity, which was essential to strengthening comprehension and understanding. Alicia also had a few siblings who went on to be accomplished intellectuals.

The Princess of Polytopia

Alicia had a very impressive grasp of four-dimensional geometry, perhaps due to her mother’s theories and teaching. She is best known for coining the term “polytope” for a convex solid in four (or more) dimensions. Alicia’s findings made an impact in the geometrical world in the early 1900s, earning her an honorary doctorate. Her work is exhibited at many museums and universities throughout the world and continues to influence others to this day. Educational and inspirational, Alicia’s discoveries continue to inspire and mesmerize the minds of many, and in our opinion, are certainly worthy of a spot in the Hall of Genius.

Add Alicia to Your Stash!

Alicia joined our Genius Series in 2015 and was made in bumGenius 4.0, Freetime, Littles, Elemental, Flip diaper covers, Flip Trainers, and bumGenius Outing wet bags. In honor of Truly Genius Tuesday, the following Alicia cloth diapers and accessories are on sale… TODAY ONLY!

Don’t Forget the Truly Genius Tuesday Giveaway!

This week’s giveaway is for both mama and baby! For a chance to win a little something for baby… an Alicia Freetime & bumGenius Outing Wet Bag…. and a little something for mama… a MilkDaze Nursing & Teething Necklace & Bangle, tell us about a time you or your little one were an “outside-the-box” thinker.

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Eligible entries must be posted no later than midnight Central Time, Tuesday, April 18, 2017. U.S. residents only. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to win. Winners will be drawn after the close of the contest and notified via email. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. All prizes must be claimed within 30 days of end of giveaway.


About the Author

Libby is the marketing director for Cotton Babies. She's an obsessed auntie to three super fun kids. She loves coffee, chocolate, and singing Broadway show tunes.



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  • hannah said...
    April 16, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Thinking outside the box is another way of saying ‘ think up a way to re-purpose something’. I used a piece from an old crib at a thrift store and turned it into a gate to block my pets from getting into a storage section in my house. It fits perfectly!

  • Danitra Smith said...
    April 15, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    When my son was 2, (he’s 3 now), he was pretty obsessed with the moon and sun. One night he told me that the moon was a sleeping sun. I thought that that was genius!

  • Kirby said...
    April 15, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Pretty much all of our family travel experiences will involve “out of the box” thinking!

  • Brittany Ferguson said...
    April 14, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    YAY! Alicia is such a beautiful print.

  • Tracy said...
    April 14, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    CNA at a care center here. There was one of our lifts that everyone was frustrated with because it wouldn’t go high enough. I finally realized there was an extra length of line there that could come out to get the lift higher. We were happier after fixing that. 🙂

  • Sarah Hayes said...
    April 14, 2017 at 11:41 am

    i feel like we do this every day. we always think up new ways to get things done and dont like to live life the same as others

  • Jenn H said...
    April 13, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    we live with 5 people in 575sqft…. and mostly off grid… our whole life is out of the box 😉

  • Krista Kent said...
    April 12, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    When my grandma bought us cousins a “potholder loom”. I was determined I knew how to make one without the directions. I did and it still hangs on my moms kitchen cabinets to this day. I honestly don’t know how it held together, but I did it!

  • Mary Schuh said...
    April 12, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    My son always thinks outside the box but especially with what he thinks ketchup goes with.

  • Bethany McEl said...
    April 12, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    My son loves the ninja turtles, and he put “Shredder Cheese” on his supper one night.

  • Maya LeaJames said...
    April 12, 2017 at 11:04 am

    My little guy is only 11 months and is constantly thinking outside the box, experimenting with his toys and his body to learn new skills.

  • lydia h. said...
    April 12, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Every day my daughter comes up with new and ultra creative games to play! She’s is so clever!

  • Leigh Kitchens said...
    April 12, 2017 at 5:11 am

    I LOVE how BG educates us about people who made great contributions to our world when they design and name their diapers! Alicia is a mesmerizing print like no other out there. I love the geometric gender neutral pattern!

  • Daria E. said...
    April 12, 2017 at 2:20 am

    My little genius is being raised bilingual and if he asks in one language and gets a know he asks in his other language. When that doesn’t work he uses the American Sign Language he knows, sometimes making up new signs to get his message across.

  • Rachelle said...
    April 12, 2017 at 2:14 am

    we started allowance at 2 y. o.! since she loves putting cones in the donation funnel at the library… she gets 4 pennies a week, 2 for the library (Tue & Thu story times), 1 to save, and 1 for church!

  • Marie Lowther said...
    April 11, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    My little one thought out of the box he pushed a chair around the house to “walk around. ” 😉

  • Mollee Peterson said...
    April 11, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    I started buying less and realizing that stuff, status, and essentially money does not equal satisfaction.

  • Lexy Overstreet Broome said...
    April 11, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    My oldest thinks out of the box all the time! He amazes me with his imagination and how he thinks to play!

  • Jennifer Mills said...
    April 11, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    My 3 year old has such a great imagination, he’s always thinking outside of the box. I love to see all of the creative things he comes up with! 🙂

  • Amanda Alvarado said...
    April 11, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    When she is faced with a problem, she usually figures it out on her own in her own way – not the way a “normal” person would. It’s fun to watch!

  • Alexis Peterson said...
    April 11, 2017 at 3:09 pm


  • Cheri P. said...
    April 11, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    My 4 year old is a creative eater and tries different combinations of food. One time he thought he’d add strawberries to our homemade chocolate chip cookies ?!

  • Rachael said...
    April 11, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    My oldest is high-functioning autistic and is constantly amazing me with her abilities to think outside the box. Its so common with her, I can’t even think of an example! It’s just the way she is 🙂