Kolmogorov's Question

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


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?