Math, art and dimension

I've been reading a bit more in a fascinating book I purchased some months ago on the ways we learn. It's provided some insight into the creative and intellectual leaps we make on the way to discovery, and I'm currently moving through a chapter on dimensional thinking.

Mapping, perspective and anamorphosis are described as methods for thinking dimensionally, or moving between the 2-D to 3-D worlds. And of course time has been more famously conceptualized as a dimension beyond the three in which we live.

As I was reading it occurred to me that the dimension is also expressed in math and art, respectively, by the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms and by Peter Callesen's origami (click "select works" and then "paperworks"). I've previously mentioned the MIT center, which asks if we can go from "its to bits" (digitization), why we can't we also move from "bits to its?" It's the sort of dimensional thinking that might lead, for example, to personal fabricating machines.

But I confess, its really the origami that prompted this post. The artwork beautifully expresses the notion of dimension, liberated from the paper surface like ideas freed from gravity.


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