Tag: mathematics

Apr 15, 2013

Picture of the Day: Desiccation Cracks

Picture of the Day: Desiccation Cracks

DESICCATION CRACKS Photograph by Hannes Grobe Desiccation is the state of extreme dryness, or the process of extreme drying. A desiccant is a hygroscopic (attracts and holds water) substance that induces or sustains such a state in its local vicinity in a moderately sealed container. In biology and ecology, desiccation refers to…

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Apr 2, 2013

The Crochet Coral Reef Project [25 pics]

The Crochet Coral Reef Project [25 pics]

The Crochet Coral Reef (CCR) is a project by the Institute For Figuring, a non-profit Los-Angeles based organization that pioneers creative new methods for engaging the public about scientific and environmental issues by putting people and communities at the core. The CCR is a project that resides at the intersection of mathematics, marine biology,…

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Dec 30, 2012

Colossal Snowshoe Art by Simon Beck

Colossal Snowshoe Art by Simon Beck

Simon Beck is an artist from Southern England that uses snowshoes to create giant land art in the snow. Most of his work takes place in the ski resort of Les Arcs in the French Alps where Beck has a chalet and spends most of his winters. After planning the initial design on paper…

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Dec 28, 2012

Picture of the Day: Fractal Cauliflower

Picture of the Day: Fractal Cauliflower

FRACTAL CAULIFLOWER Photograph by Jon Sullivan Romanesco broccoli, or Roman cauliflower, is an edible flower of the species Brassica oleracea, and a variant form of cauliflower. First documented in Italy, it is light green in colour and approximates a natural fractal. Romanesco broccoli’s inflorescence (the bud) has an approximate self-similar character, with…

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Nov 27, 2012

Geometric Sand Sculptures by Calvin Seibert

Geometric Sand Sculptures by Calvin Seibert

Using a variety of 3D geometric shapes such as prisms, pyramids, cylinders, spheres and cones; artist Calvin Seibert creates wonderful sand sculptures that are not quite ‘castles’ but much more than just randomly placed building blocks. On Flickr, you can find an entire 66-picture gallery of Calvin’s artwork which have all been washed away…

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Mar 25, 2012

The Incredible Beach Art of Andres Amador

The Incredible Beach Art of Andres Amador

Artwork and Photography by Andres Amador @ AndresAmadorArts.com San Francisco native Andres Amador is an artist that specializes in temporary land art on sandy beaches. Armed with several different sized rakes and his imagination, Andres typically spends a few hours on each piece. He first sketches the pattern before doing any work on the…

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Mar 10, 2012

Lichtenberg Figures: The Fractal Patterns of Lightning Strike Scars

Lichtenberg Figures: The Fractal Patterns of Lightning Strike Scars

Being struck by lightning is a dangerous and scary experience and can even be fatal. Sometimes, the electrical discharge can leave a tattoo-like marking or scar known as a Lichtenberg figure. The patterns created are known to be examples of fractals. Lichtenberg figures are branching electric discharges that sometimes appear on the surface or…

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