Connections: Persian Rugs and Morton Feldman’s music [study]

  Does listening to Morton Feldman’s ‘Crippled Symmetry’ suite (above) remind you of a Persian rug? If not, you may not be attuned to Feldman’s repetitions and variations – which, on closer inspection, may, it’s said, in some senses, resonate with patterns on rugs. But, academically speaking, possible common threads have not been studied in […]

Classification and Computer Generation of Necktie Patterns

Is it possible to create a simple computerised system to cover all characteristics of necktie patterns – and that can also generate patterns similar to existing neckties? Researchers Hiroshi Fukuda, Tomoko Saito and Gisaku Nakamura of the School of Administration and Informatics, University of Shizuoka, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka 422, Japan – as far back as 1994* […]

Where the statistical wear is

Ivars Peterson, in his blog, The Mathematical Tourist, explains how a detective take a mathematical approach to some everyday questions: Marks on objects can provide intriguing statistical glimpses of usage patterns. The darkened leaves of a well-thumbed book may point to favorite passages; the distinctive hollows of oft-traversed steps suggest the characteristic tread of countless […]

A wide-ranging look at the number 3 in reality

The number 3 draws much of the focus in this study: “The intriguing human preference for a ternary patterned reality,” Lionello Pogliani, Douglas J. Klein [pictured here], and Alexandra T. Balaban, Kragujevac Journal of Science, 27 (2005): 75-114. The authors, at Università della Calabria, Italy and Texas A&M University at Galveston, USA, explain: “Number three […]

A technological way to create temporary images in/on a head of hair

Everyone with a head of hair—not just the members of the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)—is likely to be intrigued by this new patent for creating images in/on a head of hair. Think of the images as nano-patterned temporary tattoos, if you like: “Hair treatment process providing dispersed colors by light diffraction,” US patent […]

Pattern recognition: Similar composers & actors

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra is assembling a collection of photos of composers and actors who physically resembled each other. The entire collection is on the orchestra’s web site. Here’s a small sampling: (Thanks to investigator Charles Krause for bringing this to our attention.)

Chest hair patterns of white males

Pattern recognition is much-discussed topic in both artificial intelligence and psychology. A 1965 medical study performed pattern recognition on the chest hair of white males: “Variations of the hair patterns of the chest of white males,” Laurel Raymond Setty, Journal of the National Medical Association, vol. 57, no. 3, May 1965, pp. 211–4. The author, […]