Kolmogorov's Question

Elaine Krajenke Ellison
Proceedings of Bridges 2013: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2013)
Pages 397–398 Short Papers


An article in the April 2011 “Mathematics Teacher” sparked my interest to create the “Behold! Buttons” quilt. The mathematical quilt illustrates the 63 different four-hole button attachments to a shirt. According to the article, Andrei Nikolaevich Kolmogorov asked a relative at the age of five: how many ways can a four-hole button be sewn to a shirt?