Piet Hein

Piet Hein

About Piet Hein

Piet Hein (Copenhagen, December 16, 1905 - Fionia, April 17, 1996) was a Danish poet and scientist. He wrote many works under the pseudonym Kumbel. He invented the literary genre of grooks, short aphorisms in poetic form. In mathematics he is known for extending the superellipse to the third dimension (superellipsoid) and for inventing many puzzles. Piet Hein is famous for works such as the games Hex, Tangloids, Morra, Tower, Polytaire, TacTix, Nimbi and the Soma Cube, as well as thousands of his short poems he illustrated called Gruks. He also promoted the use of the superellipse (also called Lamé's curve) in architecture, urban planning and design.
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