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An Extensive Browser For The Pattern-Making Machine

01/24/2015

ADVERTISING legend JAMES WEBB YOUNG ON THE PROFESSIONAL IMPORTANCE OF CROSS-DISCIPLINARY CURIOSITY. “Every really good creative person in advertising whom I have ever known has always had two noticeable characteristics. First, there was no subject under the sun in which he could not easily get interested—from, say, Egyptian burial customs to modern art. Every facet Read More

Math That Swings

01/03/2015

Via Nautilus, “Rhythm’s the Thing“: A 2013 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ grant, [Vijay Iyer] is versed in seeing the world through the lens of science. Iyer’s Yale undergraduate degree in math and physics paved the way to his Ph.D. in technology and the arts at the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation explores Read More

Inherently Musical

12/20/2014

Visual and auditory information often mingle within the mind. Perhaps there is something inherently musical in the experience of abstract art. Wassily Kandinsky’s abstractions were the result of a lifelong preoccupation with the relationship between sound and colour. He discovered his synaesthesia at a performance of Richard Wagner’s opera Lohengrin in Moscow: ‘I saw all Read More

Dancing daily with triple integrals

10/24/2014

I was a wayward kid who grew up on the literary side of life, treating math and science as if they were pustules from the plague. So it’s a little strange how I’ve ended up now—someone who dances daily with triple integrals, Fourier transforms, and that crown jewel of mathematics, Euler’s equation. It’s hard to Read More

The Nearest Geometry Comes To Music

09/26/2014

In the 1960s an American architecture professor, William Huff, coined the term ‘parquet deformation’ to mean a regular pattern of tiles that transforms as you go from left to right whilst maintaining the regularity of the tiling. Huff never made any floors like this – he was interested in the way that the pattern must Read More

Traffic, Fluids, Queues, and Waves

08/28/2014

“The insights we glean from fluid-dynamical traffic models can help with many other real-world problems. For example, supply chains exhibit a queuing behavior reminiscent of traffic jams. Jamming, queuing, and wave phenomena can also be observed in gas pipelines, information webs, and flows in biological networks—all of which can be understood as fluid-like flows.” From Read More

Only To Have A Zoologist

05/19/2014

Where the golden ratio, mathematical imagination, and physical reality meet. “Given that Fibonacci seems to appear everywhere in nature—from pineapples to rabbit populations—it was all the more odd that the ratio was fundamental to a tiling system that appeared to have nothing to do with the physical world. Penrose had created a mathematical novelty, something Read More

We Who Cut Mere Stones

05/01/2014

“The construction of software should be an engineering discipline. However, this doesn’t preclude individual craftsmanship. Think about the large cathedrals built in Europe during the Middle Ages. Each took thousands of person-years of effort, spread over many decades. Lessons learned were passed down to the next set of builders, who advanced the state of structural Read More

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