Snail Monkey

Artists impression of what a snail monkey might look like: a monkey with a snail shell on its back
Artists impression of what a snail monkey might look like

It all began with a weird conversation one bedtime between my son Isaac (6) and me. Somehow—I can’t remember the route—the conversation settled on fantasising about a creature called a ‘snail monkey’.

Isaac then asked me to create a website for him to share the news with the world.

How could I possibly say no?

So here it is: snailmonkey.wordpress.com.


It turns out, that we weren’t the first to think about this. Check out our first blog post called Maybe there is such a thing…

I heart maths

Wolfram | Alpha is a very powerful computational search engine. While Google does feature the ability to do some calculations, Wolfram | Alpha takes this a whole new level including the ability to solve and plot equations.

For example, take this mathematical equation:

Equation

which you must enter into Wolfram | Alpha in this format:

x^2+(y-(x^2)^(1/3))^2 = 1

Wolfram | Alpha plots it like this:

This mathematical formula (x squared plus y minus the cube root of x squared squared equals one) plots the shape of a love heart
x squared plus y minus the cube root of x squared squared equals one

There’s something lovely about maths.