… Poincaré observes a process profoundly applicable not only to mathematics, but to just about any creative discipline:
I wanted to represent these functions by the quotient of two series; this idea was perfectly conscious and deliberate; the analogy with elliptic functions guided me. I asked myself what properties these series must have if they existed, and succeeded without difficulty in forming the series I have called thetafuchsian.
Just at this time, I left Caen, where I was living, to go on a geologic excursion under the auspices of the School of Mines. The incidents of the travel made me forget my mathematical work. Having reached Coutances, we entered an omnibus to go some place or other. At the moment when I put my foot on the step, the idea came to me, without anything in my former thoughts seeming to have paved the way for it, that the transformations I had used to define the Fuchsian functions were identical with those of non-Euclidian geometry. I did not verify the idea; I should not have had time, as, upon taking my seat in the omnibus, I went on with a conversation already commenced, but I felt a perfect certainty. On my return to Caen, for conscience’ sake, I verified the result at my leisure.
So-called rapid-prototyping equipment is used to produce working models of new designs. Formerly available only to big companies with access to sophisticated manufacturing facilities, rapid-prototyping technology can now be accessed inexpensively at communal manufacturing facilities like Tech Shop, which we visited in Pittsburgh. Tech Shop isn’t your dad’s workshop. Rather, it’s a sleek and tactile industrial arcade populated by young tinkerers who seem to have recently traded in their skateboards for 3-D printers and band saws. In short, this technology has democratized the design and prototyping process.
Un excellent concept avec ce livre, conçu par Think of The et édité par Quirk Books, permettant de créer ces propres illustrations et créations “street-art”. Un véritable carnet de croquis sur plus de 80 photos des murs nettoyés de la ville de New-York. Plus d’infos dans la suite.