Prime number spiralI still haven’t seen that tv show with the mathematician solving crimes, Numb3rs. Anybody seen it? What night is it on? Now that I can actually see network television again, I’d like to check it out. Anything with that Rob Morrow in it has to be good. Oh no wait, that’s Bob Wagner (sorry inside joke with myself).

In the meantime, take a look at the abstract beauty and underlying symmetry that is laid bare at The curves visualized here are just the first 49,000 prime numbers. Notice how they tend to fall along certain curves emanating from the center? Intriguing. Check out the whole site.

Crochet Lorenz ManifoldAnd while we’re looking at these pleasing renditions of numbers, let’s also check out this Lorenz manifold crocheted together by mathematicians. The 25,511 stitch creation is a representation of chaotic systems, such as flowing water or the weather. Dr. Hinke Osinga explains, “Imagine a leaf floating in a turbulent river and consider how it passes either to the left or to the right around a rock somewhere downstream. Those special leaves that end up clinging to the rock must have followed a very unique path in the water. Each stitch in the crochet pattern represents a single point (a leaf) that ends up at the rock.”

Both these links come from information aesthetics, a very interesting weblog I highly recommend.

3 thoughts on “Numb3rs

  1. CC

    That old Bob Wagner joke wasn’t lost on me. Strangely enough I just ran that same one by someone last week around Thanksgiving.

    All give thanks for that Bob Wagner

  2. Thomas

    For those that are curious, CC is referring to a story I told him about work onetime. Many years ago, shortly after my arrival on island, I was chatting with some co-workers at lunch. The subject came ’round to the TV movie that played the previous night; this woman started talking about it, and how she knew it had to be a good movie because it had that Bob Wagner in it. This became an in joke between ole CC and myself for anything on television that was extraordinarily craptacular. Bob Wagner – sheesh.

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