Look around! Nature is full of patterns and shapes like the spiral symmetry of a pinecone. True, there are shapes that also appear fragmented or irregular but often there are smaller, self-similar shapes to the larger shape - for example, a tree branch has a similar shape to the larger tree. Mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot defined these "family of shapes" as "fractals" or the "geometry of nature."
Friederike Charlotte von Brandenburg-Schwedt was born during the Age of Reason or Enlightenment with two career choices: marriage or the abbey. Her smarts may have encouraged elders to promote her as an assistant to the Abbess of Herford when only ten years old. Friederike Charlotte was intellectually curious and strengthened her science education during her teens through written correspondence with
Musician Robbie Robertson began his musical career early touring with headliners like Bob Dylan before he was 22 years old. Robbie credits summers spent with his Mohawk and Cayuga relatives for nurturing his love of music and stories, especially Hiawatha and the Peacemaker.
England had knights with their own brand of chivalry, while Japan had bushi or samurai and their code of honor. Samurai Rising is the true-story of Minamoto Yoshitsune, one of the most famous samurai who lived during 12th century Japan, a time of political strife and short life spans. Danger surrounded Minamoto’s family and young Minamoto was placed in a Buddhist monastery in the mountains far from harm.
Images document an event and serve as a time capsule, preserving a moment. But a decision had to be made to take the photograph and assign value to the event. Who was behind the camera?
Ever wonder if studying geometry is worth your time? How does Euclidean geometry and postulates of equality like A=C and B=C then A=B help with everyday life?
As a lawyer, Abraham Lincoln routinely applied mathematical logic to his legal cases. As President, he did not waiver in applying these same principles to human rights. When Tony Kushner wrote the screenplay for the film Lincoln, he depicts Lincoln applying Euclidian logic during the turning point of the film.
I like pencils, especially colored pencils, and have always wondered just how does the color gets inside the pencil? My curiosity led me to Henry Petroski, an engineer who also likes pencils. His book, The Pencil, answered every question I had about the pencil's design and history. Even though the book was published over 20 years ago and technology changes, pencils are still selling. But wait!