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Art with a Mathematical Twist 69

Posted by Soulskill
from the just-like-on-your-graphing-calculator dept.
Euler points out a story about art created through mathematics. The Science News article covers selections from a recent exhibit, where over 40 artists gathered to show their work and the math behind it. The rest of the pieces are also viewable at the exhibit's website. "Michael Field, a mathematics professor at the University of Houston, finds artistic inspiration in his work on dynamical systems. A mathematical dynamical system is just any rule that determines how a point moves around a plane. Field uses an equation that takes any point on a piece of paper and moves it to a different spot. Field repeats this process over and over again--around 5 billion times--and keeps track of how often each pixel-sized spot in the plane gets landed on. The more often a pixel gets hit, the deeper the shade Field colors it."
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  • by Threni (635302) on Monday February 18, 2008 @05:15AM (#22460708)
    > The piano (and most modern instruments) are tuned using an exponential function with base 2.

    It's not quite that simple.

    > So, in this way the exponential is "musically interesting"... take it as "definition through examples" -
    > I'll provide more of them if you want.

    The point is, it's all subjective. Some people make music using this or that system (improvisation, strict counterpoint, using elements of chance, partly composing but leaving decisions to the performer, algorithmically defined music(wholly or partly)), and some people like it, and some don't. At least one person finds all sorts of music interesting, so it's not a very fruitful definition.

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