The Borromean Rings: A Video about the New IMU Logo

Charles Gunn and John M. Sullivan
Bridges Leeuwarden: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2008)
Pages 63–70


This paper describes our video The Borromean Rings: A new logo for the IMU, which was premiered at the opening ceremony of the last International Congress. The video explains some of the mathematics behind the logo of the International Mathematical Union, which is based on the tight configuration of the Borromean rings. This configuration has pyritohedral symmetry, so the video includes an exploration of this interesting symmetry group.