Happy 100th Birthday to the Jungle Gym

Dive into a story of math, the fourth dimension and the struggles of an educator that starts in England then travels to Japan and ends up in Chicago – yes, this is the history of the jungle gym. From NPR

“He said, you know, the reason these students can’t grasp the fourth dimension is because they were never exposed to the third dimension as children,” says Luke Fannin, a primatologist and Ph.D. candidate at Dartmouth College, who became obsessed with finding out where the term “monkey bars” came from (more on that later) and ended up becoming something of a Hinton family expert.

Hinton theorized that since we spend so much of our lives simply walking in straight lines, and not using all of the three-dimensional space around us, we have an even harder time making the mental leap to fourth dimension.

Don’t miss NPR’s very fun piece celebrating 100 years of the patented jungle gym


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