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Comments on MetaFilter post Mathematical Paintings of Crockett JohnsonFri, 21 Jul 2017 06:24:09 -0800Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:24:09 -0800en-ushttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss60Mathematical Paintings of Crockett Johnson
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<em>From 1965 until his death in 1975 Crockett Johnson painted over 100 works relating to mathematics and mathematical physics. Of these paintings, eighty are found in the collections of the National Museum of American History.</em> <a href="http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/object-groups/mathematical-paintings-of-crockett-johnson">We present them here, with related diagrams from the artist's library and papers.</a> <br /><br />Note that the "expand" link by each entry reveals detailed information.
Bonus link: <a href="https://divisbyzero.com/2016/03/23/a-geometry-theorem-looking-for-a-geometric-proof/">A Geometry Theorem Looking for a Geometric Proof</a>post:www.metafilter.com,2017:site.168350Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:20:05 -0800WolfdogartcrockettgeometryjohnsonmathpaintingBy: Glomar response
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Best of the web!comment:www.metafilter.com,2017:site.168350-7101703Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:24:09 -0800Glomar responseBy: Slarty Bartfast
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Wow. This is the person that wrote Harold and the Purple Crayon. These are really something!comment:www.metafilter.com,2017:site.168350-7101713Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:29:08 -0800Slarty BartfastBy: fings
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It's funny, but I can't help but think most of these would make wonderful prog rock album covers.comment:www.metafilter.com,2017:site.168350-7101718Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:35:30 -0800fingsBy: Kabanos
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I call it: <a href="http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_694648"><em>Moonlight on an Empty Minecraft Bed</em></a>comment:www.metafilter.com,2017:site.168350-7101723Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:38:54 -0800KabanosBy: cortex
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Oooohcomment:www.metafilter.com,2017:site.168350-7101760Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:07:44 -0800cortexBy: Captain Chesapeake
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Had to intentionally close that site lest my day disappear..comment:www.metafilter.com,2017:site.168350-7101785Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:27:15 -0800Captain ChesapeakeBy: fairmettle
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I am wordless.comment:www.metafilter.com,2017:site.168350-7101788Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:27:49 -0800fairmettleBy: Nanukthedog
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What beautiful shades of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_and_the_Purple_Crayon">purple</a>!comment:www.metafilter.com,2017:site.168350-7101830Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:56:19 -0800NanukthedogBy: ardgedee
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First heard about this on a podcast a couple weeks ago, and it's killing me because I can't remember which one now.
When I heard it, it felt as if a missing memory from my childhood had been restored; the question of who Crockett Johnson was and what he did outside of the decade-and-a-half in which he made the "Harold" books and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnaby_(comics)">"Barnaby"</a> comic strip. So it's not just delightful to know that he'd pursued his love of math in his idiosyncratic way, it was somehow really satisfying to know that he'd done this. Like finally getting closure to a story you'd only heard a part of, decades earlier, but whose lack of resolution had occasionally bothered you for the years up until now.comment:www.metafilter.com,2017:site.168350-7101834Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:59:23 -0800ardgedeeBy: eclectist
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Wow. This is really neat stuff. Thanks.comment:www.metafilter.com,2017:site.168350-7101866Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:26:21 -0800eclectistBy: TreeRooster
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Awesome. I wonder how many of these represent his original discoveries--at least <a href="http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_694698">one is a construction of his own invention:</a>
"One may construct a [regular] heptagon given an angle of pi divided by seven. ... According to Crockett Johnson's later account, in the fall of 1973, while having lunch in the city of Syracuse on Sicily during a tour of the Mediterranean, he toyed with seven toothpicks, arranging them in various patterns. Eventually he created an angle with his menu and wine list and arranged the seven toothpicks within the angle in crisscross patterns until his arrangement appeared as is shown in the painting."
Good choice of location in which to discover new geometry, too.comment:www.metafilter.com,2017:site.168350-7101879Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:35:47 -0800TreeRoosterBy: ardgedee
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Everyone knows the best mathematical theorems are discovered where the wine or beer is really good.comment:www.metafilter.com,2017:site.168350-7101945Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:04:43 -0800ardgedeeBy: Fizz
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Wonderful. There is an abstract <a href="http://www.wassily-kandinsky.org/images/gallery/Composition-VIII.jpg">Kandinsky</a>-<a href="http://www.wassilykandinsky.net/images/works/221.jpg">esque</a> quality to these paintings.comment:www.metafilter.com,2017:site.168350-7102020Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:52:58 -0800FizzBy: hank
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Thank you.
One of my childhood favorites -- Barkis:
https://www.k-state.edu/english/nelp/purple/characters/cartoons3.htmlcomment:www.metafilter.com,2017:site.168350-7102387Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:31:57 -0800hankBy: yoga
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How cool. Anyone know if it's possible to get prints of these? (Suitable for framing)comment:www.metafilter.com,2017:site.168350-7103325Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:19:11 -0800yogaBy: TreeRooster
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Ah, shoot. My link to a page in the first website is superseded by the much more complete discussion of Johnson's discovery (and where he made it) in the Bonus Link of the FPP... so check that out!
As recompense, here is Johnson's original work approximately <a href="http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_694659">squaring the circle</a>!comment:www.metafilter.com,2017:site.168350-7106225Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:32:01 -0800TreeRooster