(via PHD Comics: The Spiral)
I’ve seen the waterfalls and the hot springs and the rocky desolation, but I didn’t know that Iceland was also this:
Without mathematics you wouldn’t have pringles :)
Pringles are my favorite examples of saddle points, i.e. a point that is both a local maximum and minimum.
I think about this a lot.
This is important to me.
These maps, diagrams, and charts by John Philipps Emslie done in the mid-to-late 1800s are gorgeous.
Intrigued, I went searching for more examples. I loved this one just for pure compositional beauty:
And this lithograph from 1850 showing various machines of the time:
When I first looked up, I thought it was floating (by Brother O’Mara)
This is a time lapse built from Hubble Telescope images taken of the star V838 Monocerotis between 2002 and 2006. But it doesn’t show a supernova. Good old V838 didn’t explode. No.
V838 suddenly brightened, and we’re watching that burst of light pass through a relatively stationary cloud of dust, illuminating the cloud as it goes.
Click through this thumbnail to a beautiful rendering of the event, by Roberto Colombari:
Ukrainian architect and designer Anna Marinenko has matched sound waves with their environmental manifestations.