Category Archives: Concepts

Bruno, Bach and Pythagoras: architects of light, sound and number

My mum (1922 – 2011) who understood me better than anybody else gave me the book Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter (1954 – ) ages ago.

But my most likeminded heroes must be Giordano Bruno (1548 – 1600), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) and Pythagoras (570 BC – 495 BC) – besides everybody who contributed to the evolution of computing.

These Golden Verses are attributed to Pythagoras and end with:

  • and Thou Thyself Shalt by Thine God in one translation I read.

Pythagoras is famous for his theorem a2 + b2 = c2. But what I have put into software is his other famous saying:

  • All is Number – the subject of a cute 6-min Chinese video which also makes the link to BELIEFS and religion.

I found my favourite quote of Giordano Bruno in the Museum for Telecommunications in Berlin:

  • There is no time. There is only movement. For if there was no movement, there would be no time.

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DIGITAL #ICHING Hexagrams in new Visual Order thanks to Octal Numbers

Matrix with Grid and NumbersRow 0 contains hexagrams 00, 0107.

Row 1 contains hexagrams with octal values 10, 1117.

Row 7 contains hexagrams 70, 7177.

And so it goes:

a new visual order thanks to a new numerical order!

1 00 77Above all, marvel at the beauty of the visual and numerical symmetries!

These are the first images I produced with GIMP.

I can’t use more than 3 colours if I also want to use the visual diagrams as digital designs on t-shirts and other accessories.

Let’s see where the digital paintbrush will lead me…

In the next collection of diagrams you will notice the symmetry created by organising the hexagrams in four different ways:

  • from four ‘corner stones’ or ‘zero point’ positions.

Thus they form a new kind of ‘visual ensemble’:

Light (heaven) at the centre radiates towards Dark (earth) on the outskirts.

And now in reverse order, with earth at the centre and light at the periphery:

Or with the highlights of colour:

1. from 00 to 77, i.e. Earth to Heaven, starting at four different corner points:

2. from 77 to 00, i.e. Light or Heaven to Darkness or Earth:

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