1 hour walk of math


So I went on a math stroll in the endless territory of the internet, and these are the things I ran into:

  1. This is maybe an example of a “small gesture”.
    This is the reason I know how to multiply 9 better than any number (besides 1,0 and 10).
  2. Fibonacci numbers
    I am also taking the nature of code class and I am interested in mathematical harmony in nature. I guess Fibonacci has become a design/coding cliche but I would still love to understand and practice it, perhaps with a new perspective.
  3. Magic square
    I somehow ran into the engraving “Melencolia” by Albrecht Durer, which included a detail of a magic square. A magic square is an arrangement of numbers in a square grid, where the numbers in each row, and in each column, and the numbers in the forward and backward main diagonals, all add up to the same number.
  4. The Dragon Curve
  5. Seems that google has an interesting thing happen when you google “Conway’s Game of Life”, . 
  6. I recalled Op-Art for some reason and found this .
  7. Also recalled the artist Roman Opalka (should this be more in the “art walk”?). Opalka devoted most of his years and work to large scale pieces in which he serves as a counter, writing down sequences of numbers, with no comas.
    All details have the same title, “1965 / 1 – ∞”; the project had no definable end, and the artist pledged his life to its ongoing execution: ‘All my work is a single thing, the description from number one to infinity. A single thing, a single life’, ‘the problem is that we are, and are about not to be’. ().

Favorite Algorithms
After looking at the list and around the web, The algorithms I would be interested in exploring and learning more about are:

I am interested in seeing what are the algorithms that Jen described as “beyond the usual suspects” since some of the concepts I mentioned have been over used (even though everything can be seen in a new and fresh perspective).


Dead Deco



The things that interest me the most, coming into this class, involve dead animals around us. Not just the ones some of us eat but the way humans collect and surround themselves with dead animals  that are utilised for different purposes.

I am fascinated by how taxidermy even came to being. How we create these “Tableau Vivant” of dead animals frozen forever in the same expression. How can we use this concept of taxidermy on other things we would maybe want to preserve? Using dead animals for decorative purposes is a thing I think about a lot.  For example, sea shells that used to house living creatures and are used for decoration. Is it any more moral  to wear the shell of an animal that died of natural causes?