Update : Crocheted Hyperbolic Models

April 15th, 2005 | Filed under: Mathematics | No Comments »

A Gallery of Crocheted Hyperbolic Models is now up at the Institute of Figuring. (Images courtesy the Institute For Figuring)

Find out more about making them.

BioModels : Open Source Computational Systems Biology

April 14th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Biology, Biotech, Computing, Mathematics | No Comments »

The recently launched BioModels Database (April 11,2005), by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and the SBML Team, promises to be a great resource for quantitative modeling of complex systems. Using a the widely accepted, Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML), an open-source computer language, this database, for the first time, will allow for an open exchange of biological models while providing cross-referencing. As complex computational systems strive to emulate the efficiency of biological systems, this database will surely prove to be indispensable for computer modelers. (image: Delwich Lab)

via BiologyNews

Ferrofluid : Materializing Magnetic Fields

March 29th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Mapping, Materials, Mathematics | 4 Comments »

Ferrofluid, often used as a mechanical damper by electronically controlling its viscosity, is also a great visualization tool as it responds the surrounding magnetic fields in 3-dimensions. Make some at home, or buy some online and watch it rapidly react to magnetism.

via notcot

Wiki entry | description and home made ferrofluid
EI | online store
Wondermagnet | online store and small description
CC Alive | chemistry website
NI Magnetic Products | online store
SC news | instant armor
SciToys | on magnetism
UVM | close-ups and playing with topology
Ken Cooper | stripes in ferrofluid

Nature's Origami

March 23rd, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Design, Fabrication Tech, Mathematics | 1 Comment »

Dr. Koryo Miura’s extremely efficient folding pattern, the Miura-Ori, has been used widely for applications in need of folding with efficiency. A recent report from Dr. Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan of Harvard shows it’s something nature has been doing all along.

via NY Times
Thanks, Neil.

Origami Mathematics

February 16th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Fabrication Tech, Mathematics | No Comments »

Erik Demaine’s explorations into folding and mathematics have produces some astounding results that may inform future fabrication techniques. The majority of today’s fabrication industry has been streamlined into production from flat stock. Demaine’s methods of folding to produce intricately curved, non-deformational surfaces could provide answers to fabricators seeking to move beyond flat sheets without having to invent a completely new mode of fabrication.

More from Dermaine’s site.

via NY Times

Related : Morphogenomics

Thanks, Neil.

Universal machines : Computational Architecture

February 16th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Computing, Fabrication Tech, Mathematics | No Comments »

Pratt Institute is holding an all day symposium on Thursday, 02/17/2005, exploring the future of computing and architecture. If you are in the New York area and have the slightest interest in the future of architecture technologies (built and unbuilt), you should get your ass on the G-train and attend! The speakers include some of the most cutting edge thinkers in the fields of architecture and mathematics covering topics ranging from algorithmic fabrication, biomimicry to genomic, genetic and quantam issues in architecture. (Image from Dazzle Topologies / RE.ptile, Evan Douglis)

Description : Exploring the relationship between architecture and computing with a focus on universality.

Universality implies the ability of computers to emulate divergent and multivalent processes that are not possible given the fixed parameters of classical machines. The symposium will attempt to open up futures in computing and architecture that have been stalled by the singular proliferation of narrow formalist tropes. Computing offers architecture an unprecedented opportunity to invent new forms and practices.

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Mechanical Nostradamus : Tapping the 'Consciousness Field'

February 14th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Mathematics, News, Technology | No Comments »

Dr. Roger Nelson of the Global Consciousness Project at Princeton claims his black box can tap into the stream of the precognitive global consciousness. The project is based on an unexplained phenomenon of people being able to sway the outcome of random number generators simply by concentrating on them. The Global Consciousness Project collects data from network of ‘eggs’ which streams what should be (but isn’t) a sequence of random numbers over the internet.

Watch the ‘eggs’ in near real-time.

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Fractal Recursions

February 2nd, 2005 | Filed under: Internet, Mathematics, Programming | No Comments »

This is not your ordinary fractal. Apophysis is a software program capable of creating stunning fractal images and animations. Try it out. It’s free! (the image above was made from toying around with the program for 5 mins.) Another interesting project is Electric Sheep, an internet based screen saver which retrieves new ‘sheep’ and joins others in the parallel computation of new ‘sheep’. Check out their links for galleries of Apophysis generated fractals.

Crocheting the Hyperbolic Plane

February 2nd, 2005 | Filed under: Mathematics | 6 Comments »

Here’s a great interview and explanation of crocheting hyperbolic space. We are so firmly set into Euclidean geometry, that it may be hard to understand space and geometry in any other terms. David Henderson and Daina Taimina put this somewhat mind bending task in simple terms. Daina’s crocheted hand knit models are taking on the challenge of generating a greater intuitive understanding of hyperbolic spaces. (Images courtesy the Institute For Figuring)

David Henderson and Daina Taimina will be giving a talk at The Kitchen, NYC on Saturday, February 5th, 2005. more info here.

Thanks, Neil

Escher for Real

January 9th, 2005 | Filed under: Fabrication Tech, Mathematics | No Comments »

Excher for real

The work of M.C. Escher needs no introduction. We have all learned to appreciate the impossibilities that this master of illusion’s artwork presents to the layman’s eye. Nevertheless, it may come as a surprise for some, but many of the so-called ‘impossible’ drawings of M. C. Escher can be realized as actual physical objects. These objects will resemble the Escher’s drawing, of the same name, from a certain viewing direction. This work below presents some of these three-dimensional models that were designed and built using geometric modeling and computer graphics tools.

Escher for Real

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