The Devil's Staircase | Infinite Series

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Topology Riddles

Written and Hosted by Kelsey Houston-Edwards
Produced by Rusty Ward
Graphics by Ray Lux
Made by Kornhaber Brown (

Cantor’s Function, also known as the Devil’s Staircase, is exceptionally strange. After mapping out Cantor’s Function, named after Georg Cantor, we find that its derivative disappears almost everywhere.

Challenge Winner:
Justin Wieland

Honorable Mentions:
Felix Beichler
Andrew Weller

Comments answered by Kelsey:

Thomas Perry

Ralph Dratman