R. Andrew Hicks, a Drexel University mathematics professor, has invented a new driver’s-side car mirror that allows a driver to see more that also eliminates the blind spot. How did he create this mirror? He used an algorithm that results in a surface ideally curved to capture a 45-degree view with minimal distortion. How long did it take him to come up with it? 10 years.
Check out the article in Slate from June 2012.