Archive for the ‘Pictures’ Category

Bamboo bicycle – beautiful and functional

September 3, 2017

Imagine a handmade quality bicycle made with a bamboo frame.  The picture below shows a 2-speed cruiser, using a British step-back hub.  Each bamboo joint is glued and wrapped with 100 wraps of polycarbonate fiber reinforced tape.  Shown in the picture is Richard Harkness who made this bike with his own hands under the mentorship of someone who had made about 100 of these amazing bikes.  Notice the bamboo basket and the bamboo bike stand in the foreground.  The green rims complement the green bamboo beautifully.

Don’t try making this bike without a proper jig and under expert supervision; it is not an easy construction.  And by the way, it is not a cheap alternative to a standard bicycle, but it is unique and it is a conversation piece.  It is a work of art.

Bamboo Bike

 

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Math in Architechture

December 26, 2016

The U. S. Air Force Academy Chapel in Colorado Springs  is an example of a very mathematical theme in architecture.  Symmetry, geometry along with the theme of jet aircraft.

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Movie Geometry – shaping the way you feel

November 1, 2016

Movie directors use shapes as well as color, lighting and sound to create moods and tell stories.  Triangles, circles, and squares are loaded with feelings.  This short YouTube video (4 min.) describes some of the common uses of shapes to communicate with the audience beyond the conscious into the unconscious.

Once you are made aware, you will notice the use of shapes in movies to convey more than words can say.

Single Point Perspective Photo– Congressional Office Building

August 4, 2016

Congressional Office Building

This picture was taken in a hall of the Cannon House Office Building where Representatives in Congress have their offices.  The building was completed in 1908.

It is a good example of single point perspective, also known as one point perspective.  For more on this subject, which overlaps math and art, go to:

One Point Perspective Drawing: The Ultimate Guide

Double Rainbow Picture and Explanation

May 2, 2016

Rainbows are frequently created by the sun shining into an atmosphere with rain droplets, when the sun is low in the sky.  Each droplet of water acts like a prism breaking up the sun’s white light into the colors of the rainbow.  Less frequently, an observer can see a double rainbow, in which the second rainbow is higher in the sky, more faint, and with the colors of the primary rainbow reversed.  The prism effect is created by the reflection and refraction of the light by the droplets.

For a more detailed explanation see: http://madeiraislands.net/blog/double-rainbow-explained/

Double Rainbow copy 2

 

Math in Nature

April 14, 2016

Fibonacci numbers in nature, beauty in nature, and beauty in Fibonacci numbers.

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Mobius Strip in Stone, a photo

May 26, 2013

Mobius in stone

If you don’t know math, you won’t get the joke.

January 31, 2013

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Math + Art + Engineering + Manufacturing

January 16, 2013

Janet Echelman discusses how art, math, engineering and manufacturing all came together in a most unexpected way to create a new art form.  This is a link to a TED lecture which is very inspiring and takes less than 10 minutes.

Creativity Unites Art, Engineering, and Manufacturing for Beauty

Geometric Perspective Based Optical Illusion

December 4, 2012

Optical illusions and perspective are part of understanding geometry.  The attached link to a video is probably the best I have ever seen.

Can you ever again believe what you see?   <-  click here