The Foehr Reef is part of the worldwide Crochet Coral Reef Project. It was made by over 700 women and combines more than 4000 individual pieces of marine wonder. A short video
shows its beauty [alternating English and German audio]. PDFs
"The Crochet Coral Reef is a woolly celebration
of the intersection of higher geometry and feminine handicraft, and a testimony to the disappearing wonders of the marine world." It originated out of a desire to increase awareness of environmental threats to the world's reefs and is a conjunction of art, environmentalism, and geometry. [more inside]
and Overstepping Artifacts
are music videos by the project Musicians with Guns, which take the viewer through detailed tours of some beauty. Relax and enjoy.
"It's just one of those days where you wake up thinking that if you jazzed up Stravinsky's Owl And The Pussycat it'd be awesome..."
[SLYT] [more inside]
She sat zazen, concentrating on not concentrating, until it was time to prepare for the appointment. Sitting seemed to produce the usual serenity, put everything in perspective. Her hand did not tremble as she applied her make-up; tranquil features looked back at her from the mirror. She was mildly surprised, in fact, at just how calm she was, until she got out of the hotel elevator at the garage level and the mugger made his play. She killed him instead of disabling him. Which was obviously not a measured, balanced action--the official fuss and paperwork could make her late. Annoyed at herself, she stuffed the corpse under a shiny new Westinghouse roadable whose owner she knew to be in Luna, and continued on to her own car. This would have to be squared later, and it would cost. No help for it--she fought to regain at least the semblance of tranquillity as her car emerged from the garage and turned north. Nothing must interfere with this meeting, or with her role in it. "Melancholy Elephants,"
an enthralling, Hugo Award-winning short story by Spider Robinson about a disciplined operative, a powerful senator, and a crucial mission to preserve humanity's most precious resource. (some spoilers inside) [more inside]
We've discussed subblue/Tom Beddard and Mandlebulbs before
, but two months ago L'Eclaireur Sévigné
asked him to create a few animations for their 147-screen exhibition. And here are the hypnotic, terrifying results.
Pop Culture Math
: Artist Matt Cowan breaks down pop-culture icons into basic formulas. [more inside]
(mostly en français
) is a French collective that explores organic
and abstract geometric [ I
] (PDFs) approaches to the art of origami. Read the white papers, browse the gallery
or watch videos
of artworks being made or being used in still-motion animations
Systems, networks, and strategies
is a math course being developed and taught this semester at the San Francisco Art Institute, by Lee Worden
. The course-outline-in-progress is online at the linked wiki, including links to course materials like "the two-in-one-out game," "Places to intervene in a system," on-line flocking simulations
, and "street math in graffiti art."
shouldn't be taught in schools, but what does Miss USA think about math
is a veteran American cartoonist best known for his delightful comic-book guides to science and history, many of which have previews online. Chief among them is his long-running Cartoon History of the Universe
(later The Cartoon History of the Modern World
), a sprawling multi-volume opus documenting everything from the Big Bang to the Bush administration. Published over the course of three decades, it takes a truly global view -- its time-traveling Professor thoroughly explores not only familiar topics like Rome and World War II but the oft-neglected stories of Asia and Africa, blending caricature and myth with careful scholarship (cited by fun illustrated bibliographies
) and tackling even the most obscure events with intelligence and wit
. This savvy satire carried over to Gonick's Zinn
chronicle The Cartoon History of the United States
, along with a bevy of Cartoon Guides
to other topics, including Genetics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, The Environment
, and (yes!) Sex
. Gonick has also maintained a few sideprojects, such as a webcomic look at Chinese invention
, assorted math comics
), the Muse magazine
mainstay Kokopelli & Co.
(featuring the shenanigans of his "New Muses"
), and more
. See also these lengthy interview snippets
, linked previously
. Want more? Amazon links to the complete oeuvre inside! [more inside]
When life hands you a blizzard, make a Platonic solid. "Temporary public art" from Dan Sternof Beyer.
magazine has compiled all their articles on mathematics and the arts into one handy-dandy page full of highly enjoyable articles
ranging from limericks and screeching violins to the restoration of frescoes.
's Magnetic sculptures
: "These forms are created with cylinder magnets, spherical magnets, and ball bearings. Magnetism is the only thing holding the forms together. They are fairly fragile and picking them up will likely crush them. All of the forms I created were variations of the 12 sided dodecahedron. This particular platonic solid seems to be the form the magnets are happiest with." [via
(or turner's cubes) are a traditional test
for aspiring machinists.
The beauty of roots.
From Dan Christensen
and Sam Derbyshire via John Baez. If you like algebra: these are plots of the density in the complex plane of roots of polynomials with small integral coefficients. If you don't: these are extravagantly beautiful images produced from the simplest of mathematical procedures. Explore the image interactively here
The Amen Break and the Golden Ratio
by mathematics educator and author, Michael S. Schneider
. Schneider, having already researched and written about the golden ratio
extensively, noticed it right away when hearing the the amen break
for the first time (amen break previously
on the blue). While some composers
have been known to intentionally incorporate fibonacci numbers and the golden ratio into their works, perhaps this is just another one of the many instances
of the ratio showing up in nature.
Based on the idea that architecture can be understood as a material body with its own intrinsic and extrinsic forces relating to form, growth, and behavior, the studio investigates methodologies of performative integration through geometric and material differentiation.
, Endless Ocean, Endless Sky (more)
Pi to 1,000 places on piano
is just one of the many catchy tunes on math sonifications
. And check out more interesting things on on artist Tom Dukich's site
"This is a story of how the impossible became possible. How, for centuries, scientists were absolutely sure that solids (as well as decorative patterns like tiling and quilts) could only have certain symmetries - such as square, hexagonal and triangular - and that most symmetries, including five-fold symmetry in the plane and icosahedral symmetry in three dimensions (the symmetry of a soccer ball), were strictly forbidden. Then, about twenty years ago, a new kind of pattern, known as a "quasicrystal," was envisaged that shatters the symmetry restrictions and allows for an infinite number of new patterns and structures that had never been seen before, suggesting a whole new class of materials...."
Physicist Paul J. Steinhardt delivers a fascinating lecture
(WMV) on tilings
. However, it turns out science was beaten to the punch: a recent paper
Islamic architecture developed similar tilings centuries earlier.
Pioneering electronic artist Ben Laposky
began creating his “Oscillons”
– abstract artworks created by photographing Lissajous figures
off a cathode-ray oscilloscope
– in the early 1950’s. Some consider him the father of computer art
, and the beauty
of his work is astonishing.
arrangements, the Droste effect
, and more
: mathematical imagery by Jos Leys. The Droste effect article
is informative, too.
: the world is numbers, and the divine a mathematician
:: the intersection between symmetry, mathematics, and art.
[maybe nsfw?] Who knew math could be this much fun? [via BoingBoing
Mathematics and art
are thoroughly explored as two intertwined fields, in this online version of a Dartmouth course focusing on patterns [more inside].
The golden section (math
) is an important relation used by artists
, among others. I'm curious if any of you have good examples of recent use.
The Paso Doble
is an eerie little puzzle game, something like a De Chirico
painting come to life.
Oh yeah, a new Mersenne prime was discovered today
by a 20-yr old.
Both links courtesy of mathpuzzle.com
(will i ever beat joseph devincentis?!)