"In which coloured diagrams and symbols are used instead of letters for the greater ease of learners."
It’s a pity it can’t live on my bookshelf.
But luckily, Oliver Byrne’s delicious text is available online, for free, thanks to the Public Domain Review. Give it a read!
Work by Jason Padgett, a man with Acquired Savant Syndrome who now sees all of reality as mathematical fractals describable by equations.
The beauty of numbers and their connection to the pure geometry of space time and the universe is shown in his fractal diagrams…He is currently studying how all fractals arise from limits and how E=MC2 is itself a fractal. When he first started drawing he had no traditional math training and could only draw what he saw as math. Eventually a physicist saw his drawings and helped him get traditional mathematics training to be able to describe in equations the complex geometry of his drawings. He is currently a student studying mathematics in Washington state where he is learning traditional mathematics so he can better describe what he sees in a more traditional form. Many of the captions were written before he had any traditional math training. His drawing of E=MC^2 is based on the structure of space time at the quantum level and is based on the concept that there is a physical limit to observation which is the Planck length. It shows how at the smallest level, the structure of space time is a fractal…So sit back and enjoy the beauty of naturally occuring mathematics in pure geometric form connecting E=MC2 (energy) to art. All are HAND DRAWN using only a pencil, ruler and compass.
Holy cow, is this what Neo saw in The Matrix?
Tangram United States
What if we could get the people of our great nation to fit together so neatly?
Are you a fan of the tangram? Then you might like this animated storybook drawn entirely with tangrams!
Welcome to the beautiful world of icosahedral symmetry in nature. Learn more about this geometry here.
From this diagram you can see the connection between the basic platonic solids and the formation of the most primary types of germs and microbiological forms. I believe most of the items here are viruses, but it’s their formation and shape that drives curiosity.
Nakkna is a new Swedish clothing label with an acute perspective on fashion (sorry about the pun, but not really). Their garments are all built upon a shape or a volume. Pyramids and polygons become dresses and drapes.
I especially liked these short demos of the garments, the shape shown on the rack and the model wearing the same piece. You can order from their website, but I don’t know if you’ll find me in a square t-shirt just yet.
Simon Beck is a French artist who sometimes spends days trudging around frozen lakes in snowshoes. The end product are these creations: Geometric, seemingly three-dimensional designs derived from complex mathematical relationships. It’s a short-lived medium, often covered in a single night by new snowfall.
“A video inspired by the mathematician, Steve Strogatz. At the age of thirteen, Steve was astonished to find that pendulums and water fountains had a strange relationship that had previously been completely hidden from him.”
It was pointed out in some comments on vimeo that many of the shapes in the video are not parabolas but are actually catenaries. Since I won’t explain it best, you can check out more on parabolas vs catenaries next!
"… I suddenly understood what people mean when they say there’s a law of nature.”
Can’t believe I’ve never seen this one before. From the great folks at Everynone, who were behind the Symmetry video for Radiolab.