R. Buckminster Fuller's Synergetics : Web Version

October 10th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Books, Internet, Mathematics | No Comments »

Robert W. Gray has formatted the entirety of R. Buckminster Fuller’s Synergetics into web form, offering quick linking to indexed scenarios and figures. Each section can also be downloaded in pdf form. [launch]

Sensing Babies Counting

September 22nd, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Health, Mathematics | No Comments »

Dr. Andrea Berger and her colleagues are continuing Dr. Karen Wynn’s study on young babies and their grasp on mathematical concepts. Berger connected her 50 baby subjects to a ‘geodesic-net’ sensor cap, that measures the electrical activity produced by the brain. “Babies can process quantity data very, very early in life and can even perform very basic mathematical operations like addition and subtraction.” Using the ‘geodesic-net’ ERP (event-related potential) tool she is “able to identify the exact millisecond when the baby is presented with an impossible event, and we can examine the brainwaves and the pattern of activity.”

via MedGadget | Israel21c

Rational Trigonometry to Universal Geometry

September 17th, 2005 | Filed under: Mathematics | 1 Comment »

N J Wildberger
‘s new book, DIVINE PROPORTIONS : Rational Trigonometry to Universal Geometry, proposes to replace the grueling learning curve of trigonometry with a much simpler concept of quadrance and spread. “Quadrance is a way of measuring the separation between two points: it’s the distance squared,” he said. “The spread is the ratio of two quadrances obtained by dropping a perpendicular line from one point on one of the lines to another line.” In the book Wildberger illustrates how his method solves problems with more accuracy without tables or calculators.

via Physorg | The Australian

Ghost Diagrams

September 10th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Design, Mathematics, Programming | No Comments »

Ghost Diagrams, by Paul Harrison, is an automated tiling program that assembles sets of tiles to create unpredictable patterns.

via dataisnature

L-System Creatures

August 23rd, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Design, Mathematics, Programming | No Comments »

RapidSlow is a beautiful computer animation by Vita Berezina-Blackburn that explores the generation of form through the logic of movement. The creatures are generated using the L-system language. It is an attempt to imagine how movement evolved from “plantly” to “creaturely”. Ultimately it is a search to understand how movement sculpts body, space and sound. [RapidSlow video] [Benign Beings video]

via dataisnature

NOVA : The Elegant Universe

August 18th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Mathematics, Video | 2 Comments »

Watch all 3 hours of The Elegant Universe (online) as Brian Greene unravels the world of string theory in plain English.

The Sound of Mathematics

July 2nd, 2005 | Filed under: Mathematics | No Comments »

The Sound of Mathematics | Listen to pi, the Fibonacci sequence and more. (Compositions are in MIDI format, so you can add your own instruments.)

The Secret Lives of Numbers

June 24th, 2005 | Filed under: Internet, Mapping, Mathematics, Programming, Social | 5 Comments »

The Secret Life of Numbers (2002) is Golan Levin’s interactive visualization of numbers (0-100,000) mapped according to their popularity on the internet. Patterns emerge. [launch applet]

The All Five : Platonic Solids Puzzle 40 Years in the Making

May 11th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Mathematics | 30 Comments »

Dr. Wayne Daniel, a retired physicist and puzzle expert, has designed and fabricated an interlocking wooden puzzle called ‘The All Five’ that is a complete set of Platonic solids. The puzzle is made of solids within solids beginning with a tiny tetrahedron, then octahedron, cube, dodecahedron, and finally the icosahedron, all without any voids in between.

via NYT | Thanks, Neil

Robert Saunders Applets

April 20th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Mathematics, Programming | No Comments »

Robert Saunders has some interesting little applets demonstrating some of the ideas behind AI, emergence, genetic algorithms, and evolutionary art.