Think 3D – First draft completed as of tonight

I underestimated the number of pages – once the photo credits and links have been added the count will be in the order of 300 pages. The new working title is, “Think 3D” – “A design source book.” Recent drafts have been with Thames and Hudson and my hope is that they will publish the print edition. It looks like I will retain the electronic edition rights – and have completed all of the animations etc., for electronic editions.

The book traces the development of visual logic from Neolithic times through Greek, Celtic, Islamic, and Renaissance cultures – and through to the present and possible future. The intent of the book is not to repeat what is generally known but to reveal new insights and new ideas – with the objective of demonstrating that geometry is something much more than that of popular conception – it is a visual language that must evolve to meet new needs, to utilize new technologies, and to change the way we think about what we observe in the world around us.

The contents are: Introduction; Old Traditions And New Directions; Perception & Conceptual Models; Development Of Architectural Form; Geometry Through Time; Neolithic Geometries; The River Cultures (Nile, Euphrates, Indus Valley, Yellow River); The Pythagoreans; European Tribal Geometries; Geometries of Early Islam; The Renaissance; Shape Changing Polhedra; Dynamic Sphere Geometry; 3D Geometric Cursive Forms; 3D Fractal Forms; The Future; Conclusion; Index, Credits & Links.

Posted in Altair Design Coloring Books, Creative Geometry, Geometry Through Time | Leave a comment

Concepts of Visual Logic Update

Am now on page 214 after an edit. Have added a really simple convergence proof for the Fibonacci ratio converging on Phi – so simple that it could even be Pythagorean. Also added an exact and not a fudged analysis of DaVinci’s  Vitruvian man with no relation to Phi, just Vitruvius.  This is all in the Perspective chapter – an odd place you might think – but it follows nicely after Egyptian grids on the way to perspective drawings, Futurism, Cubism, etc.

Posted in Altair Design Coloring Books, Creative Geometry, Geometry Through Time, Images Design Coloring Books, Interactive Learning, roger burrows | Leave a comment

Concepts of Visual Logic

This is the new working title after “Universe of Geometries.” Now on page  200 and  have  continued to add new material to Neolithic, Greek & Pythagorean, Celtic, and Islamic sections. Have more or less completed the Shape Changing Polyhedra section but still have more to add to the Dynamic Close-Packing Sphere section. The latest section is Perspective but have been using it to not only track the development of grids, from Egyptian  through the Renaissance, and the present, but also to address the concept of harmony in architectural design using complete sphere packing geometries; where each detail is  determined by sphere position. Same would apply to some of the other 3D systems. Might add some irregular 3D curved structures too but need to establish a 3D integrated basis rather than just have casual curves. Still aim to complete the first draft by April 30th although, if I included all my work the book could have 1,000 pages. Over 1,t000 original illustrations so far plus photos.

Posted in Altair Design Coloring Books, Creative Geometry, Geometry Through Time, Images Design Coloring Books, Interactive Learning, roger burrows | Leave a comment

A Universe Of Geometries

Am now 110 pages into my new book, A Universe Of Geometries,”  with about 200 pages to go. I aim to complete by the end April. The book is content rich, packed with info, and intended as a course, and source, book for architectural and design students, musicians, artists, structural engineers, mathematicians, scientists and those interested in enhancing perception. Am hoping to give guest lectures and run workshops and exhibitions using the book as the foundation. There’s nothing as rich or thorough out there. Final count on the illustrations will be over 1,000 – have drawn them all – plus some photos. Content includes a lot of my geometrical work accumulated over the last 40 years – scary thought that!

“Universe,” contains an analysis of ancient 2D and 3D geometrical systems and includes many new discoveries and perspectives; from Neolithic through Greek, Celtic, and Islamic. The book also contains modern geometries such as Geodesics, and new Cursive – and then my Dynamic Close-Packing Sphere and Geometric Shape Changing geometries (have discovered a second “Golden Ratio” close-packing). The content includes architectural, structural, scientific, and new material applications (nano-materials), as well as analysis of sound properties, light properties, and sensory enhancing properties, including the use of spaces, color, light, sound, symbolism, perception enhancing designs, and usage of structural materials, etc. The book, in a way, follows the traditions, philosophy, and knowledge base, associated with the Pythagoreans but to a much more advanced level.
Posted in Altair Design Coloring Books, Creative Geometry, Geometry Through Time, Images Design Coloring Books, Interactive Learning, roger burrows | Leave a comment

Nancy Stetson’s Art Studio, Boulder, Colorado

We went to visit an old friend of mine, Nancy Stetson, in Boulder, Colorado, two weekends ago.

About thirty-five years ago Nancy asked me if I would design an art studio, to be built on the foothills just above Boulder. This I did using one of the geometries that I had developed and that generated specific proportions that would focus sounds at various parts of the main studio – to enhance perception. So that, with just ambient sounds, you would be able to walk around the room and feel pressure points, almost likes orbs suspended in the air; where natural sounds would resonate. The building is still standing and has the unique property described. In the original design I had also specified blinds of different colors, so that the color properties of the room could be changed, but this was never done.

Whilst staying at Nancy’s house I was surprised to find that she still had one of my old machines built to explore geometries in the late sixties and early seventies. After just a bit of maintenance the machine still works! The machine generates the sort of design structure that I now use Adobe After Effects to generate – in a fraction of the time.

Posted in Altair Design Coloring Books, Creative Geometry, Geometry Through Time, Images Design Coloring Books, roger burrows | 5 Comments

The Geomorph Exhibition at the Leonardo

The “Geomorph – When Mathematics Meets Art Everything Changes,” at the Leonardo in SLC was very successful with lots of visitors. The exhibition was organized in four sections: 1. Geometry Through Time; 2. Dynamic Sphere Geometry; 3. Shape Changers; and 4. Images and Altair Designs.

The workshops also turned out to be a great success with visitors decorating panels for a large “shape-changer;” making small shape-changers; constructing Archimedean and Platonic solids; and finding images and designs in the interactive program of geometrical lattices generated by the Dynamic Sphere Geometry.

I met with architectural, math, and science students as well as many people interested in the geometry through time section. Am hoping that the exhibition will serve as a starting point to trigger interest in my geometrical research and systems.

Am now looking to expand the whole concept of the exhibition with LCD projections, bigger LCD screens, more space to exhibit, more working models, much larger, walk-in, shape-changing, and sphere generated architectural forms, – so that the properties of these unique structures can be explored – sound and light reflecting properties, architectural applications – but need sponsors. Also, I’d like to show more in the way of architectural forms and nano-structures – as well as show more of my work relating to geometrical systems of the past.

Some photos of the exhibition are as follows:

Big Shape ChangerImages & Altair Design Computer Interactive

 

 

For those that visited Geomorph – Thanks for coming!

Posted in Altair Design Coloring Books, Creative Geometry, Geometry Through Time, Images Design Coloring Books, Interactive Learning, roger burrows | 1 Comment

Geomorph PCTV interview

Links for last weeks PCTV interview, “Geomorph – Everything Changes When Mathematics meets Art”:

Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZBLr-qUrqo

Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnFfnExZNZo

Think that my “jargon” is slightly better in the KPCW interview on http://kpcw.org/2012/09/the-mountain-life-sept-12-2012/

Hope to see you next month at the Leonardo!

Posted in Altair Design Coloring Books, Creative Geometry, Geometry Through Time, Images Design Coloring Books, Interactive Learning, roger burrows, Young Inventors | Leave a comment

KPCW – Talking about Geomorph and about the process of invention

Appeared on KPCW this morning to talk about my upcoming exhibition, workshops, and residency, at the Leonardo, in Salt lake City – Utah’s Creative Science and Technology Museum. If you’d like to hear the broadcast please visit: http://kpcw.org/2012/09/the-mountain-life-sept-12-2012/.

We talked about my experience as an inventor, and what it takes to be one, but, primarily, we talked about the Geomorph exhibition and how it concentrates on “Discovery Mathematics,” rather than on “Calculator Mathematics;” and about how we need to go back to the point of discovery, to the point in time when a mathematical idea was created, to really understand it, and then, maybe, to change it, or maybe to come up with something better, or more versatile…

Hope to see you at the Leonardo during October. The exhibition starts on October 3rd and I’ll be in residence for the first two weeks and hold organized workshops on the 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th, and 14th at 3.30pm – but otherwise I’ll be happy to talk and to share.

The Geomorph exhibition runs concurrently with the exhibition, “DaVinci The Genius,” which opens on September 28th and runs through to January – so come to both in October!

Posted in Altair Design Coloring Books, Creative Geometry, Geometry Through Time, Images Design Coloring Books, Interactive Learning, roger burrows, Young Inventors | Leave a comment

The Leonardo: Everything Changes When Math Meets Art

The “Geomorph,” exhibition date approaches and I’ll be building shape-changing geometrical structures; preparing large high definition LCDs, to display animations of new and ancient geometries, setting up an interactive program designed as a visual and geometrical game of logic; printing out posters that show the geometries and the mathematics behind them, and collecting materials so that visitors can build and discover new 3D forms of their own, etc. The Geomorph theme builds on the concept of making geometry a medium of discovery and on the idea that there are two types of mathematics, “Calculator Math,” and “Discovery Math,” – where schools tend to teach, “calculator math,” and thereby miss the whole idea of “discovery math,”  where students can really be innovative and explore new ideas.

To get an idea of the types of geometries that will be shown please see the page, “Mathematics Meets Art Exhibition.”

Posted in Altair Design Coloring Books, Creative Geometry, Geometry Through Time, Images Design Coloring Books, Interactive Learning, roger burrows, Young Inventors | Leave a comment

Curiosity Rover Lands On Mars

Congratulations to JPL, and the whole NASA team, on successfully landing the Curiosity Rover on Mars; and thanks for sharing the landing experience on NASA TV last night! Curiosity travelled from the Earth to Mars in about eight months, traveling 352 million miles (569 million km), leaving a rotating and orbiting Earth, to rendezvous with Mars, also rotating and orbiting the Sun, and landed within the target site in Gale Crater: very cool and precise calculations, but also an amazing feat of engineering. On entering the atmosphere of Mars, at some 13,200 miles per hour (21,000 kph), the space craft slowed to zero using a heat shield, a supersonic parachute, and a rocket powered sky crane to gently lower the one ton Curiosity Rover onto the surface of Mars. Very, very, cool. So now we can look forward to exploring Gale Crater and the three-mile high (5 km)  Mount Sharp that rises from the crater’s center. Maybe it’s tough to justify the US$2.5 billion spent, but the Curiosity mission is inspiring, creates a new technology knowledge base and, hopefully, will provide more insights into why Mars is such a dry planet, where the water was and still is, and, maybe, discover that life did exist, or still exists! Curiosity adds one more building block to a possible future of humans living on Mars and developing new opportunities for mankind using the planets resources and low gravity environment . Check out the NASA site: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/index.html For a simplified way to calculate a path to Mars check out: http://www-istp.gsfc.nasa.gov/stargaze/Smars1.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

(i) Leaving Earth. (ii) Supersonic Parachute deployed and craft moving to Gale Crater on right. (iii) View of Mt Sharp (3.4 miles high) after landing. (iv) Earth and Mars elliptical orbits, both planet’s rotating about their own axis. Flight path is calculated to take in speed of space craft, orbits and axial rotation of planets, Mars atmosphere, and means to slow the space craft to a stop. (v) The base of Mars’ Mount Sharp – the rover’s eventual science destination – is pictured in this August 27, 2012 NASA handout photo taken by the Curiosity rover.  (vi)View of rim of Gale Crater. All NASA and JPL photos.

Curiosity landed facing east-southeast within Gale Crater, with a heading of 112.7 degrees (plus or minus five degrees), and a few degrees of tilt. A Sol 1 overpass by Mars Odyssey will provide additional information on Curiosity’s position and additional imagery.

Posted in Interactive Learning, roger burrows, Young Inventors | Tagged , , | Leave a comment