Thursday, May 22, 2008

Seifert Surface's "The Sky is Falling"

Crap Mariner had this to say about it: "Oh my God, it's full of arrows... more arrows than an Indian convention!"

Fact is, "The Sky is Falling," by postdoctoral mathematician and lecturer Seifert Surface (aka Henry Segerman), has 1000 of those arrows and looms in the sky over the Garden of NPIRL Delights.



These photographs by NPIRL Flickrite Andromega, who's stream I regularly haunt

"The pattern is based in part on a process that turns up in nature a lot: 'growing' new objects around an axis at an angle of 2pi/Phi from the previous one, where Phi is the golden ratio," explains Seifert.

2 comments:

Seifert Surface said...

Wow, those photos are beautiful, very different feel with the depth filter on.

Small correction: I expanded the piece from 1000 to 1500 arrows when more prims became available.

For some more background on the pattern, here's a good description: http://www.mcs.surrey.ac.uk/Personal/R.Knott/Fibonacci/fibnat.html#seeds

Corcosman said...

Another shot of the same subject. I'm hovering just above in the middle of the picture which gives you an idea of the scale.

http://www.sluniverse.com/pics/pic.aspx?id=277459&sort=Pictures.PictureID+desc&Name=Corcosman+Voom