Piet Hein (1905-1996) was a Danish poet and scientist with wide ranging interests. Millions of
his countrymen knew him as Kumbel, the pen name he used for his poetry. He was a genius
with many different sides. In addition to discovering the Soma cube, he created a new geometrical form,
the "super-ellipse", which is something in between the rectangle and the ellipse. The form
also came in a 3D version and was then called "the super egg" or "the super-ellipsoide".
As an artist and constructor, Piet Hein in the 50's and 60's gave form to beautiful pieces of
furniture, and he contributed to make "Scandinavian design" become an international
conception. Internationally he always tried building a bridge between the "hard" technical and
natural sciences and the "soft" humanistic subjects.
--some of the imformation above from Stavanger Aftenblad 4-18-96
Below is a sampling of Piet Hein's "Grooks", as his poems were known. He wrote in several languages.
THE ROAD TO WISDOM
A PSYCHOLOGICAL TIP