Category Archives: Science

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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Man Must Measure

Woman must measure, too! Especially on-screen!!!…

Frank Davis

It just appeared one day, out of nowhere, on the desk by the bedroom window. I picked it up and looked at it. It was a big book with not many pages in it, and with an arresting title in big black letters on the front, which read: MAN MUST MEASURE.

I must have been 7 or 8 years old, and I was living with my mother in my grandparent’s house when I drank in those words, which seemed to possess the force of a veritable Commandment.

I opened it, and discovered that it was both lavishly illustrated and also filled with numbers and diagrams. It was the strangest and most terrifying book I had ever encountered.

I began to read the book, a little fearful that I wasn’t supposed to be reading it. Much of it seemed incomprehensible, but on the third or fourth page I came across…

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Heal Thyself with #HotYoga and #PelvicCorrection after 42 Years of Pain ‘Management’

Busy unifying my physical life with pain, social life with meaning and professional life with zest…

My Hot Yoga Story

Yes, it’s over 42 years since January 1973 when I remembered falling and thinking ‘this must be the end, this must be the ocean.

Well, eventually I discovered the ‘cosmic ocean‘ as the reality that holds and embeds us, the invisible worlds of energies that physics can’t unite between nuclear and astral scales.

And my invention of analysing images in a new way will lead to making pain visible! I just wonder when the wisdom of the universe will want that to come out. Meanwhile, I keep trying and kicking…

Especially after doctors told me that my pain is ‘psychological’, I’ve made the rounds in search of pain relief. But pains are only SYMPTOMS. What matters is to find the CAUSES.

Mis-alignment is an ‘obvious’ cause that I discovered thanks to what was first Bikram Yoga and became Fierce Grace in North London. Since I had to…

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DIGITAL #ICHING: new #Patterns, #Designs and a new #Science thanks to Octal Numbers

This Gnostic Book of Changes quotes Terence McKenna:

The I Ching is no magic; it is a science we don’t understand.

t-shirtThe science that I am offering, comprises a new understanding of

The use of octal numbers has allowed me to find ‘stable’ hexagrams, i.e. those with dual octal digits: the values 00, 11, 22, 33, 44, 55, 66, 77. 

In digital designs, they can be represented from four ‘view points’ or ‘cornerstones’:

When used for divination, two hexagrams are used: one to represent the Here and Now and a second one that the current situation changes into, based on those lines that change when we make our conventional or binary divination.

The position of two hexagrams within a set of hexagrams and eight different sets adds new scope for interpretation:

1. Which ‘quadrant’ or ‘directional context’ of change do our two hexagrams occupy? That depends on the ‘intensity’ of change, as indicated by the ‘stability’ of the two hexagrams:

  • Stable UnstableTop Right, if both are stable;
  • Top Left, if the first is stable and the second one unstable;
  • Bottom Left, if both are unstable;
  • Bottom Right, if the first is unstable and the second one is stable.

P F U CThe meaning of the quadrant position is explained also under polarities:

  • the Left is the Past and the Right is the Future
  • the Top is Consciousness and the Bottom is Unconsciousness.

2. Which ‘plane’ are we moving from and to:

  •  4 Quadrants 00 7700 or Dark (Earth, night) to 77 or Light (Heaven, day):
  • becoming conscious of ourselves and our world – as on the left – if the first hexagram is < or smaller than the second one;
  • here the four ‘quadrants’ are home to complete sets of hexagrams – showing fourfold symmetry – both visually and numerically.

It is this combination of visual beauty and numerical accuracy that adds new value to this ancient wisdom.

Or are we moving

4 Quadrants 77 00

  • 77 or Light (Heaven) to 00 Dark (Earth):
  • becoming inspired by the Universe – as on the left – if the first hexagram is > or greater than the second one.

3. How do we interpret the comparisons of visual positions and numerical values of two hexagrams?

  • Stable hexagrams in diagonals illustrate directions of change: between Light (day) and Dark (night).
  • Quadrants of single sets of hexagrams bridge polarities of time: past and future as well as awareness: unconscious and consciousness.
  • Planes of four sets of hexagrams bridge polarities of space: Heaven and Earth as boundaries for humans: inspiration and manifestation.

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TOWARDS a Gender-Balanced Agenda: with #WomenShiftDigital, #techmums, #savvify + Smart Knowledge Portals?

13 11 27 PythagorasWhat a day: Women Shift Digital!

What a venue and sponsor: Level 39 in One Canada Square.

And what a fantastic quantity of quality women – starting with

I THINK – aided by software – therefore I AM: Mathematical Woman, here I come!

Scottsdale Coral Reef project

Scottsdale Coral Reef project (Photo credit: crochetgal)

It may sound terribly presumptuous, especially for the English culture, when I write: Mathematical Woman, here I come. But I am old enough to wear a Purple Hat with pride and am just reading God, Physics and the Gender War.

The author Margaret Wertheim writes beautifully about science and the problems that it hasn’t solved yet – also in this TED discussion. And she writes about the Ascent of Mathematical Woman, besides all the reasons why women haven’t had equal chances yet. At the last event on Intelligent Imaging we were 64 participants and 4 women.

Her chapter on Rene Descartes who is famous for “I think, therefore I am“, reminded me of what I always claim: by practising ‘software-aided thinking’, I re-visited mathematics through the eyes of a mature programmer and came up not only with incredible insights, but also prototype software that produces unique screenshots by demonstrating three innovative software methods.

If men can be humble enough to express their admiration, I get a bit of positive body language. The professor who said “This is the most important work since relativity theory, because it’s about understanding number” claimed later I was mis-quoting him.

So I keep trying to find potential clients, collaborators and partners with whom to build smart knowledge portals without explaining the mathematics behind them.

Let the software drive the minds of its users
as an engine moves the car of its drivers:
without knowing how it works.

But humans want to know how things work around them:
the light that wakes them
the dark that puts them to sleep
the strong that holds them together
and the weak that lets things fall apart…

May Mathematical and Data Women repair
what has fallen apart in the past!

EINSTEIN on Mathematics, Physics and Reality – leading to my 3D Metrics

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein (Photo credit: Stoper)

According to this quotations page, Einstein wrote in Geometry and Experience in 1921:

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

The quote appears in this lecture on Geometry and Experience he gave in 1922.

It’s been a while that I discovered how metrology is the missing link that Einstein was looking for. But not with its uncertainties and probabilities due to the current mathematics implemented to quantify physical, chemical and other measuring units, as I am introducing pixel accuracy.

  • Current mathematics is based on ‘paper thinking’, i.e. static writing.
  • My qualitative metrology stems from ‘software aided thinking’, i.e. dynamic coding.

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