Truly Genius Tuesday has returned! This week, we’re celebrating Sierpinski’s Genius Series birthday! This geometric print, honoring Waclaw Sierpinski, joined our Genius Series on January 27, 2016.
What makes Sierpinski so genius?
In addition to this fun cloth diaper print, the Sierpinski Triangle (or Tetrahedron) was also named after Waclaw Sierpinski, and that’s not all! His namesakes also include:
- A street in Warsaw, where he was a professor at the University of Warsaw for over 40 years.
- The Sierpinski Carpet – a plane fractal, the technique of subdividing a shape into smaller copies of itself, removing one or more copies, and continuing recursively can be extended to other shapes.
- There’s even a crater on the moon named after him!
…But still relatable!
To say this man was a “genius” almost seems like an understatement when you look into all of his extraordinary accomplishments. HOWEVER, there is a little bit of reality in the midst! It has been said that his wife, Anna Leśniewska, frequently accused him of being ‘utterly hopeless at maths’ (1) because he couldn’t take care of their bills… Does it make you feel a little better to know – eh, no one is perfect!
We love that the Sierpinski print not only shows off his brilliant work, but is also beautiful to see, seemingly a definition of who Waclaw Sierpinski was as quoted by one of his students, Rotkiewicz:
“Sierpiński had exceptionally good health and a cheerful nature… He could work under any conditions. […] He was a creative mind and liked creative mathematics. He was the greatest and most productive of Polish mathematicians.” (2)
This Week’s Truly Genius Tuesday Deal
Just like Sierpinski’s variety of work, we have an assortment of merchandise that celebrates his genius, including a NEW limited edition adult shirt! Check out the Sierpinski Shop By Genius category to shop even more geometric products for mom, dad and baby.
In honor of Sierpinski’s birthday into the Genius Series, all Sierpinski merchandise is up to 25% off, TODAY ONLY (1/31).
What’s a birthday celebration with out a gift?!
One lucky winner will receive this week’s Truly Genius Tuesday Prize Pack, featuring the Genius Series Sierpinski print:
- bumGenius Freetime All-In-One Cloth Diaper – Sierpinski
- Genius Series Sierpinski Pocket Notebooks (3-pack)
- Genius Series Sierpinski Travel Mug
For a chance to win, tell us if you’re excited about Sierpinski because of its fractal meaning or because it’s simply beautiful to see!
Eligible entries must be posted no later than midnight Central Time, Sunday, February 5, 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.
- Sierpiński: Fractals, Code Breaking, and a Crater on the Moon, Marek Kępa http://culture.pl/en/article/sierpinski-fractals-code-breaking-and-a-crater-on-the-moon
- Wacław Sierpiński, J J O’Connor and E F Robertson http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Biographies/Sierpinski.html