Sunday, 4 July 2010

Hyperspherical Hyperbolical Hype


This photo is one of a series of romantic and beautiful studies by"Enid " on flickr. The series carefully and intellegently investigates domestic objects, as seen through the lens of a microscope. The concept and results reminded me of bits of my own investigation (great minds think alike ...) and brought to mind the quote from Blaise Pascal, `Nature is an infinite sphere of which the centre is everywhere and the circumference nowhere`.

He has many recorded quotes, i particularly liked `Meeting you was fate. Becoming your friend was a choice, falling in love with you I had no control over.`

Circling something in black, makes an interesting visual captive cage . Somehow, the boundaries don`t decrease or detract from the effect of the circles contents, illustrating the Pascal quote. Although it gives limitations within the boundaries, to the immediate dimensions of the image. More More circular work Here. I find circular shapes enchanting . Smooth, graceful ,perfect, optimistic, mysterious, silent, generous . There is a completeness and entity about the shape .

The simple circle is drawn in two dimensions, one of the first geometric shapes we understand as infants. Three dimensions and we have the glorious bouncing sphere. Animated and planetary. Above that in four or more dimensions the shape is called a hypersphere. As the dimensions in mathematical terms increase, my understanding decreases. Except the understanding of hyperbolic crochet that increases on a non Euclidean plane, in multi dimensions. The two dimensional circle and three dimensional sphere operate efficiently within the boundaries of Newtonian mechanics. To investigate the realms of the sphere within the supergalactic or subatomic, it becomes necessary to apply the laws of quantum, and to consider the application of further dimensions. Click the bar at the bottom to see a film.