There’s a machine behind it all

Arthur Ganson makes these awesome machines that I doubt he’s aware of the depth they suggest. The fact that mecahnical gears can synthesize random motion is the big paradigm shift in applied math in the last century.
The picture on the left is one of his more beutiful machines, called 23 pieces of paper. Hopefully you recognized it as a flock of seagull or white birds of some kind.
I decided to blog this just because it provides a nice symbol for a math documentary (the fact that there’s a machine behind what we think is pretty) Posted by Picasa


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