GEOMETRIC MODELS (ca. 1920’s) By RICHARD P. BAKER (1866 – 1937)
Painted and soldered wire. Conical shape is approximately 12 inches (height) and 7 inches (diameter of circular base); cube shape is 6 x 12 x 4 inches.
(Baker devoted much of his life to designing and making models relating to advanced topics in mathematics., statistics, and physics. These geometric models were constructed by Baker, probably in the 1920’s while he was Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Iowa. Baker believed that models were essential for the teaching of many parts of mathematics and physics, and over one hundred of his models are in museum collections. (Ref: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History.)